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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My mother was a law enforcement officer. She and my father had an abusive relationship due to my father’s battle with alcoholism. After one night of heavy drinking, my father took my mother’s gun and shot her in the breast. She survived because she was able to use her training to get the gun out of his hands. This tore my extended family apart — none of us talked to my grandmother or aunt and uncles again. They all testified against my mother in court. My father passed away in prison two years later. Alone. My mother recovered physically but suffers from PTSD. Ultimately, it ended her career.

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