EUGENE, Ore. — The latest survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in three women will be a victim of domestic violence. Breaking free from abuse takes courage, it’s a transformation from victim to survivor.
In 2007, Lacey Sharp was caught up in an abusive relationship. It didn’t start that way, but the signs were there.
“I think that he just needed the upper hand at all times,” said Sharp.
To cope, she turned to drugs and alcohol. But the abuse wasn’t just affecting her life, her son was a witness.
“I think it added to whole bunch of bad behavior,” Sharp said. “Kids are right there in the middle, and they know exactly what’s happening.”
She finally reached her breaking point and with the help of a Womenspace advocate, she came up with a plan.
First, she went to a safe house and went through detoxification. That’s when she realized this was a bigger problem.
“When the abuse got taken away, I still had a drug and alcohol problem and I just decided to turn that around,” Sharp said.
Three months of treatment allowed Sharp to find herself again, to discover her self-worth and beauty.
“I will never ever let anyone treat me like that again,” Sharp said.
Part of Sharp’s recovery is empowering others. She took the volunteer training course so that she could answer the hotline at Womenspace.
“God put me here. This is what I’m supposed to be doing, sharing my experience,” Sharp said.
Click here for more information on the domestic violence awareness event One Billion Rising.