After he held my 15 month old daughter in his arms while punching me in the face, I started making plans. I was working, have always worked and that is a plus for me as I had a job and money. I planned for five months, saved up money without him knowing it, was able to get a small loan from my credit union, got an apartment, and left. Just like that. He wouldn't let me take anything from the house, no pictures, no furniture, no dishes, pans, nothing. I didn't care, I took my clothes and my daughter's clothes, put them in a big garbage bag, and walked out. The next six months were hell, he broke into my apartment and beat me again while the restraining order was sitting on lawyer's desk waiting to be signed. She quit as his lawyer after that. Eventually he found someone else and started beating her so he left me alone. I had good friends for support also, that helped a lot. Now they have shelters.
at 6:24 PM on Feb. 2, 2010