October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read and share stories to honor survivors whose lives have been changed by domestic violence.

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It has been over two years since I was sitting in my car, outside of a post office shop, when a bullet came across a six-lane highway, a block away, and blew out two of the back windows of my car, missing my head by three feet. The trauma resulted in PTSD and multiple physical problems, including a stroke.

I AM thankful for the help of EMDR and creative therapies, HeartMath meditation, and support of family and friends.

Knowing what I have experienced by this close call, I have great compassion for others who have been present to the gun violence in our country and for the families and friends who also experience their trauma.

There is a great need for recognition of the long-term effects of gun violence resulting in mental trauma, and for even greater acceptance of people’s need for therapeutic interventions to restore peace in our world.

Reacting shows support for gun violence survivors.

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