HER STORY IS NOW HER CAUSE
Melissa Holmes' story of domestic abuse and violence starts out like many young adults. They were in love. They say the warning signs but did not heed them in time. Melissa says, "I was 25 yrs old when I met my first abuser, we dated, everything was perfect for 5 yrs, I had his first and only son and he proposed, and I said YES. The minute I said yes I noticed this starting to change slowly. We married on March 21, 1998 and 2 years after we married thinga started going down hill with him being obsessive and wanting to clock and time my every move. The arguing began, the stalking and disrespect and the physical started. One day I just got fed up with no where to go I left and took my chances on survival. He started threatening he was gonna have me killed, but instead he met his untimely death from asthma in May 2003, so he never got a chance make good on his promise."
We would all hope this was the end of such a tragic cycle of events for Melissa and everyone like her hoping to put their lives back together. Ironically though, we often find our way back to familiar experiences. Lisa will talk to Melissa about how she ended up in the arms of a second abuser. Melissa says he "was much worst, he broke my nose on my birthday one year, choked me, pulled my hair, pulled a gun out on me, also threatened to kill me and sit at home with my body till my son got home from school so he could see the expression on his face when he found my body. At that minute I knew I needed a game plan cause he was truly capable of killing me and not caring." Game plans are what we specialize in on Game Changers with Lisa Faulkner. Hear more from Melissa today as she details her escape, stalking, and strength to rebuild her life for her children and herself. Melissa Holmes has done what all Game Changers do and turned her hardship into help for others who need to know they can escape too!