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DV (Life – Share Your Story) | Part 2

DV (Life – Share Your Story) | Part 2

DV (Life – Share Your Story): Part 1 | Part 2 Then I remember. The pain starts rushing back in. The pain of rejection. The pain of sadness. The pain of being alone. The pain of reality. Why won’t everyone understand? They tell me everything will be alright?? NO! It won’t be alright! They say just to relax. How can I relax? My thoughts are now swirling and being convoluted by images of the past. I cannot think straight. I cannot seem to stop the thoughts. They are starting to build up and the noise in my head is deafening… I am afraid that someone else will hear it. I try to grasp onto...

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DV (Life – Share Your Story) | Part 1

DV (Life – Share Your Story) | Part 1

DV (Life – Share Your Story): Part 1 | Part 2 Sleep oh wondrous sleep how I welcome you. It is the time when the thoughts stop plaguing me. If I could just stay asleep. If I never had to wake up. The pain all too much too bear. The pain never goes away. I call dull it for just a little while but it just comes back to haunt me once more. It never leaves me alone. Why? Why? Why? It just mocks me. It taunts me. It sits on the sidelines and cheers as I spiral further and further into despair. I cannot understand, I cannot conceive it any more. Reality just too much to bear. That ringing, the...

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I Believed (Life – Share Your Story)

I Believed (Life – Share Your Story)

I was ancient, old; losing my window of opportunity and the pressure was that of an obese American’s blood. I was 25; being shunned by my parents for moving out without a husband. I was aiming for the stars with my career ambitions. My parents were aiming for the basket with their “burden.” I had a casual conversation with an old acquaintance or a part-time friend. I mentioned it to two very close friends of mine, who shook me verbally and put the thought in my head. “Hello, you have an opportunity right in front of you. Clearly he likes you. He is a doctor and...

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Bismillah (Life – Share Your Story)

Bismillah (Life – Share Your Story)

Bismillah I would like to share my story; I don’t know how to start as when people do speak about domestic violence, they mention their husband or wife. I believe a person who witnesses violence from childhood accepts abusive behaviour from the other half as something hateful, but abnormal. Myself as a child saw very, very ugly violence from my dad towards my mum, Subhan-Allah I don’t want to say anything bad about my parents. May Allah forgive them for what they have done, ameen. This was purely out of ignorance and under the influence of Shayateen, but for the sake of sharing I will...

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Still Standing (Life – Share Your Story)

Still Standing (Life – Share Your Story)

I have been in two violent marriages and I am still standing Alhamdulliah My first marriage lasted for 8 years, I was alone in another country and had no way out of the marriage. My mother and aunt arrived one day to take me and bring me back to the UK. During the marriage I suffered many black eyes on a weekly basis and I would go to work where I would be questioned about the bruises. I would lie and say ‘oh I walked into the wardrobe door, or I fell over’. I lied to the doctor about the broken bone in my chest and the broken rib I used the excuse that I slipped in the bath. I...

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Breaking the Silence of the Cycle of Abuse (Life – Share Your Story)

Breaking the Silence of the Cycle of Abuse (Life – Share Your Story)

My grandfather came to UK to work in the 1960s. My father followed soon after as his dependant. In those days many females did not join their men in the UK, for the fear of the bad influences of the West. Many years later, my Grandfather arranged my father’s marriage to his niece, my mother. She was a beautiful, intelligent & multi-talented woman, but my father wanted to marry another female. My grandfather refused to call him his son so he ended up marrying my mother & that’s when the domestic abuse started. His sisters, who despite living with their husbands would come over...

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