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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Shannon Daniel-Waitas

On October 6, 2014, my estranged, mentally ill husband stalked outside my bedroom and bathroom. First thing in the morning, John (my ex) started shooting at my boyfriend (Rob) through my bathroom window. He was shot in the head and the lung. John barely missed hitting me — by centimeters. He then committed suicide in my bedroom. Three of my children were in the house and heard the entire thing.

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