CLEVELAND, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and Laubacher Law is pleased to announce the winner of our 2014 Domestic Violence Scholarship. The $1,000 was offered to both recognize and encourage domestic violence survivors who are meeting the challenge and moving forward in their lives.
Not surprisingly, the winner chose to remain anonymous. She fears, even now, repercussions from having her name and likeness publicized. This highlights the enduring consequences of domestic violence – the problems don't go away once the relationship is severed.
Her story follows an all-to-common narrative arc. The positive relationship gradually morphed into a nightmare. For this young woman, it was a new love, a promise of marriage, and a life of adventure, accompanying her partner on his travels for work. They would share the trials and successes together, relying on each other… or so she thought.
Over time, her partner became more and more controlling. She tells us, "I couldn't go to the grocery store or even the gas station without him escorting me. My dashing prince became my warden."
The description is apt. The relationship becomes one of power and control. Love and support die. And, as with other victims, it wasn't long before physical abuse became a way to enforce compliance. Jealousy was a common trigger, and the situation was made worse because he controlled so many of the couple's resources. He drove the vehicle and made all the important decisions. She became first his financial prisoner and then later, an actual prisoner – sometimes handcuffed to a bed and sexually assaulted.
Escape only came after months and through the direct encouragement of a sister. But the emotional scars remain.
Thankfully, there is more to the story. Our scholarship winner shared her excitement in a very nice letter. "Thank you so very much to the attorneys of Laubacher & Co. Law Firm, you have NO idea what you have done, but trust me when I say: Please, please understand that your faith in me has touched my life in the best way possible."
We want to thank our scholarship winner in return. It took real courage to share her story with us and we found it inspirational. This is exactly the person we hoped to find – someone who has risen from defeat and is working to remake her life for the better.
To read more about domestic violence and what you can do to help, see: http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php
For those seeking legal remedies in domestic violence cases, we are willing to talk. Laubacher Law practices in the Cleveland, Ohio area, but good legal representation can be had across the nation. We understand the issues, maintain confidence, and can offer real-world solutions.
Resources For Media Professionals:
Domestic Violence Fact Sheet: http://www.ncadv.org/resources/FactSheets.php
Safe Horizon – Get Help: http://www.safehorizon.org/page/domestic-violence-statistics--facts-52.html
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800621-HOPE (4673)
More Domestic Violence information: http://www.laubacherlaw.com/practice-areas/domestic-violence/
For more Information:
Laubacher & Co.
20525 Center Ridge Rd #626
Rocky River, OH 44116