Roxanne had been in a physically abusive relationship off and on for 15 years. “I was very afraid. I was just broken,” Roxanne recalls.

Despite her fear, Roxanne began creating a safety plan, which led her to Sojourner Family Peace Center where she joined a support group and was eventually able to free herself from the abusive relationship. “It’s a process to move past the abuse to a place of healing, but I learned how to empower myself,” Roxanne says.

Roxanne now serves as a peer facilitator in her support group, helping other abused women through the transition of escaping unhealthy relationships. “I tell them they are valuable and strong and they are not in this by themselves.”

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