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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Brittany D.

I was shot on an unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon, while my son and I were driving to pick up his brother from preschool. We took a detour to check out a community garden behind the school that also turned out to be a dead-end street.

As we were circling around, we got caught in the crossfire of a drive-by. A retaliation shooting.

Three bullets narrowly missed my son’s head, two hitting me, and the third was found lodged in my preschooler’s car seat. I live with chronic pain, loss of full function in my hand, PTSD and survivor guilt.

However, taking inspiration from other survivors, we’ve started a campaign to get copies of the children’s book “A Terrible Thing Happened” to kids impacted by violence in our community. We were able to donate over 400 copies to a local mental health agency that works specifically with families who witnessed violence.

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