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  • Margaret's Story - 7 Years On 11 November 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    I would love to say that the last 7 years have been easy, the journey here has been tough . . .

    but I feel truly blessed that I am now in a position to help others who find themselves in abusive situations. My years of heartache have not been wasted. God is using me now to bring healing to others. He is so amazing.
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  • Brave Mom Speaks Out about Domestic Abuse Brave Mom Speaks Out about Domestic Abuse 08 August 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    Brave mom speaks out about domestic violence...
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  • Institutional Abuse - Hilary's Story 21 June 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    A just and supportive institutional response could have countered rather than confirmed the lies I had been manipulated into believing: that I was to blame, that I was worthless, that God had a special purpose for my boyfriend’s life that justified his mistreatment of me.

    My plea to the church, and in particular, to those in positions of power within it, is that you would wake up and open your eyes to the scale of institutional abuse and betrayal in which you are complicit through your persistent, even if unintentional, re-victimisation of those who have the courage to disclose abuse, and through your failure to address the root causes of such responses.
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  • Ann's Story - The Valley of Dry Bones 03 May 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    I am a survivor, and my story has been shared many times, in many places, to raise awareness of domestic abuse and how it can happen to anyone. It was a gradual increase from working on my self-esteem, to cutting me off from my family and friends, controlling my money and my social contact, and finally, to extreme violence.
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  • Diane's Story - Chapter 2: The Escalation 29 March 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    Mike hit me in a public place, when we were in the car with the children. Within minutes several police cars arrived, with blue flashing lights, and my husband was arrested.
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  • Diane's Story - Chapter 1: The Beginning 29 March 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    I don’t remember the first time Mike hit me. It happened often, and it was always because I hadn’t pleased him in some way.
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  • Gwen's Story 18 March 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    When more women reach out then churches have to start taking notice and realise this is an issue that is happening in churches.
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  • Linda's Story 01 March 2016 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    I didn’t think it was abuse. In my mind, if he wasn’t hitting me or sexually abusing me it wasn’t abuse, just a bad marriage. Read Linda's story here.
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  • Sally’s story 01 May 2014 — Mandy Marshall — Survivors’ stories

    'I was angry with God when I left my abusive husband' - read Sally's story here
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  • Impact of Restored 07 June 2012 — Mandy Marshall — Survivors’ stories

    A story of the impact of visiting a Restored stall at an event
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