Personal Stories – Sylvia

Sylvia

Then I heard about the Family CT domestic violence program, I called them and they assisted me very quickly.

I experienced a very difficult and painful situation in my life. I was abused verbally and emotionally by my husband. He did not hit me, but his behavior and words were enough to leave deep injuries in my heart. I have two children, 7 and 4 years old. They and I had to experience a hard time when the power service was cut because my husband did not pay it. Sometimes we did not have money to buy food. Thank God a friend of mine was always caring for us as my brothers and sisters from my church did as well. In that period of my life I did not know what to do, I felt very fearful, nervous, and desperate, I cried every night, I could not sleep thinking where my husband could be. He used to disappear for 3 days in a row and I did not know where he was. He used drugs and when he asked me for money and I did not give him any, he became aggressive and started selling our belongings. He stole money twice from my bank account. Every day there was an argument, and he only had offensive words for me.

Then I heard about the Family CT domestic violence program, I called them and they assisted me very quickly. They had the patience, love and time to be there for me. Their support and counseling were of great help to me, especially in a time so difficult. Thanks to Family CT for their help and comprehension.

Now I rent an apartment, which is very nice and where my children and I feel safe, warm and happy. I feel at peace and I have gotten back my self-confidence. Also, the relationship with my sisters is much better now. I spend quality time with my children and I have gained the authority over them my husband tried to take away from me in the past. I feel my children respect and trust me.