Barbara Marshall, mom of Denver Broncos linebacker and Super Bowl champion Brandon Marshall, knows how devastating domestic violence can be.
When Brandon was 10 years old, his father was arrested for domestic violence. He and his older brother, Marcus, lived with Barbara in a shelter for 26 days. She worked two jobs to support them. It was a difficult time, and Barbara says she couldn’t have persevered without the love and support of her family, particularly her father and her brothers. “Family is important to me. That’s what helped me and my boys get through,” she says.
However, Barbara knows that not everyone has that kind of support. “There’s a stigma,” Barbara says of domestic violence. “So many of us feel ashamed. I just want to tell people, don’t give up. It might seem dark, but you can get through it. There’s hope.”
She and Brandon recognize organizations like The Hotline that serve victims and survivors, many of whom are mothers, every day. “It gives women a voice and a chance to seek help when they feel they have nowhere else to turn,” says Barbara. “It can save lives!”
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