Love Shouldn't Hurt is a Domestic Violence Awareness and Support Group. LSH is comprised of victims, survivors and supporters. After surviving two abusive relationships, I Melissa Holmes started LSH as a secret group on social networking site facebook. I was looking for an arena to vent, post and provide support for people who have also suffered abuse. LSH started with about 30 members, we now have well over 1000 members worldwide.

LSH is giving a sense of purpose through daily prayers and supportive post, motivating people to leave abusive situations, and helping victims heal after abuse. There has also been occasions where LSH has assisted victims escape from there abusers. For 4 years LSH has encouraged, enhanced, empowered and elevated Domestic Violence awareness. Now we are campaigning against Domestic Violence in communities by paying forward what we received inside LSH with combined acts of service and support.
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!
ARDRE ORIE AUTHOR | DIRECTOR |  ADVOCATE
BEFORE THE BEATINGS BEGIN...

Ardre Orie is the voice that steps in to validate, uplift and encourage women on their way to experiencing their ultimate self worth. Ardre was born to lead and empower. As a childhood survivor of household domestic violence, Ardre was motivated to be transparent in her journey and to work tirelessly to empower women suffering from oppressive circumstances in their lives. Her goal as an author and advocate for women is to create platforms and media that allow their voices to be heard.

Prior to taking a leap of faith towards entrepreneurship, Ardre attended Florida State University where she earned both her undergraduate and Master's Degrees i n Special Education. After teaching for 4 years, she went on to earn an Ed.S in Educational Leadership. Okie extended her leadership skills from the classroom to serve in education and beyond. Ardre has developed and lead community based programs, founded nonprofits, and opened the topics that serve to empower girls and women. 

Ardre is a lifelong advocate to empower women to find power in their journeys and to understand their power. As author of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough (2014) and A Heroine in Heels (2015); writer and director of the theatrical productions Lipstick Monologues and The Heart of a Man ; and film director of the documentary I Am Consciously Beautiful , Ardre Orie's work sheds light on the experiences of women while closely examining the effects of mainstream media and societal norms that have  defined beauty and skewed self-worth in women. 

Hear from Ardre Orie live today as she continues her national conversation on Game Changers with Lisa Faulkner about her passionate work to lead women in discovering and living out their self worth and purpose.

Andre's Empowering Women in Atlanta Today!
 
 
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