I’m currently divorcing an abusive spouse. I have physically been assaulted by him (see photo of my arm below). He shoved me onto the concrete, grabbed me around my neck, and restrained me and pinned me down onto a bed until I couldn’t breathe during an argument when I was trying to get away from him (before we got married). I was ready to walk away from him and the relationship that very day, but his family stood behind him and convinced me that he loved me very much and that it was a mistake and that I should give him another chance (so I did). He fed me a dream of being a family and having the most beautfil love story and he asked me to marry him. We got married and conceived our daughter and he immediately became abusive towards me during my entire pregnancy. Soon after my daughter was born, I gathered enough courage to leave him and the marriage when my daughter was just 2 weeks old because I knew that I had to be strong enough to leave for her safety and well being in our home. I’m now a single mother and I’m raising money to help cover the cost of legal fees from the divorce, getting restraining orders, moving to a safer location for myself and for my child. I currently live 2 minutes from my abusive soon-to-be-ex spouse and I don’t feel safe in my home now that he is showing up at my home since the restraining order I took out against him a year ago recently expired. Thank you in advance for reading my story and for any support or relief anyone considers donating. Any bit of support would help greatly while I continue on my journey towards freedom, peace and protection for both my daughter and myself.