A US-based woman, Ja’Kara Palmore, a victim of domestic violence; battered recently by her husband of less than a year, decided to share her story as some sort of warning to others who may have suffered violence from their partners and those who may have noticed the signs but have chosen to ignore them. In a Facebook post, she wrote:
“I decided to snap a pic of my face today.
Not for sympathy because I don’t need it! As ugly as I may feel right now, I know that the feeling is only temporary and after having a few conversations with my family and friends I was forced to remember who and whose I AM!!! The beauty in my face was altered but NOT in my heart!!!
Yes I am still angry because the man that I trusted with my life and my heart was determined to KILL ME!!! My spirit and heart was BROKEN but the more that I think about it the more that I feel led to share my story! I will be married for a year on the 28th of this month and the man that I chose to spend the rest of my life with was not who I thought he was! Do I love him?
Absolutely and because I love him I was blinded by the signs that he had already given me! When someone shows you who they are BELIEVE them! I wanted to see the good in him, I wanted to help him shake whatever it was that had a hold on his mind but a person has to first want that for themselves! As hard as it is I have to forgive that man regardless of what he did to me!
I refuse to allow this situation to hinder my growth and all the blessings that are in store for me! I trust that God will get me THROUGH this situation and I will come out on top! I AM AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and NO one should EVER have to go through what I went through! If you are in an abusive relationship GET OUT OF IT… Trust GOD!!! And #LIVE”