February 1-7 is National Gun Violence Survivors Week. Join us to honor survivor voices.

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Deborah Hamilton

I was married to a man that thought using a gun was a great way to control me. It worked for a few years. In that time, he had used me as a punching bag, and I finally left. In that process, I was threatened into leaving my precious son behind, and my ex-husband had threatened to kill one of my sisters and her sons. I never believed he would harm our son, but a couple of years later my ex-husband shot and killed his mother, my son and himself. I have a hard time trusting people. I use to believe everyone was good, but now I’ve become extremely suspicious of almost anyone I meet, and I hate it.

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