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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Connie Roberts

I was married to a man that took hunting seriously. Because he hunted, he owned many guns. Other things he was very good at were verbal, emotional and physical abuse.

One night when he was very drunk, he came home late with two friends (also drunk and in possession of guns) and pulled my 14-year-old daughter and me out of bed. He sat me down on a chair with my daughter standing next to me, took his loaded rifle with the hammer cocked, and laid it between my eyes. I told my daughter to turn away as I closed my eyes, preparing to die. After assuring me I was worth nothing, he raised the gun and shot the ceiling.

To this day he still owns guns in spite of domestic violence/abuse and a battery charge. He has them in other people’s names, but they are in his possession.

It took seven years of therapy to overcome the damage he did.

We NEED to find a way to keep people from side-stepping the law and obtaining firearms!

I thank God every day that my daughter and I are not statistics.

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