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Beverly Gooden Supports The Hotline and loveisrespect

“No one stepped in because no one knew. I kept everything a secret; the control, the abuse. I believed that if I even gave a hint something was wrong, he’d beat me. If I tried to leave or if I told anyone, he might kill me. There was nowhere to run. So I stayed right where I was.” — Beverly Gooden, activist, writer and survivor

Relationship abuse affects people of all ages, including teens and young adults. In fact, one in three adolescents in the U.S. experiences violence from a dating partner.

Beverly Gooden knows this firsthand, because as a young adult, she married her abuser.

Because of your support, loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, is there to provide support 24/7 to young people experiencing abuse. As a survivor, Beverly knows the courage it takes to reach out to a stranger for help, because you’re living in fear. Without these resources, many people would continue to live in silence.

Thank you for not being a bystander to this important issue. Your gift will help ensure that loveisrespect and The Hotline are able provide support and hope to the thousands of people, of all ages, who are impacted by relationship abuse each day.

Please make your gift today.

Thank you!

P.S. As the holidays approach, survivors and supporters — including Troy Vincent, Christi Paul and Brian Boitano — are telling us why they are thankful for the resources The Hotline provides to survivors. Follow The Hotline on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see their stories as they are posted!

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  1. Elizabeth says:

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    I had become severely depressed several times suicidal I want to stay strong and stay away. He keeps begging for forgiveness saying let’s make our marriage work. The abuse has changed from physical to emotional and mental with name calling racial slurs. Always trying to tell me how to do my chores better. Doesn’t participate in many of my family functions. I loved this man at one point. Now I just want him to be gone forever. He’s cheated lied. Drug user drunk. He rages. But he seems to think he can change for the sake of our marriage.

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    • The Hotline says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Thank you for sharing your story. This sounds incredibly difficult and painful, and we are so sorry that your husband chose to be abusive toward you. We know that abuse is a choice, and there is no excuse for it. You deserve to be safe and respected in your relationship! We’d be happy to help in any way we can. If you feel safe and ready to do so, please contact us by calling 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) or chat here on our website between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Central time.

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  2. Elizabeth says:

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    I have left my husband of 3 years have known him 12 years and all this time have I have been a victim of domestic violence and abuse. I kept going back hoping things would get better he promise that he would work on his issues. But same thing over and over. I want to stay gone. Help

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