This two-book collection offers both books in the Domestic Violence Survivor series in one place:
The iron fire-poker my boyfriend had used to attack me the night before had left light saber-like patterns all over my body. All purple and angry, bruises surrounded my split, bloodied skin that stung to the touch.
I was on the floor as he was striking me with the poker, and I raised my legs up to protect myself, leaving me with crisscross patterns all over.
My kneecaps and ankles stung and throbbed as the sheets of my bed brushed against them The fire poker had also been used to strike my top half, and the gargantuan bruises on my forearms showed that they took the brunt of it as I was trying to protect myself.
The worst pain of all was reserved for my jaw and my head. I couldn't open my mouth, and the tin-like, metallic taste of blood swished around my mouth every time I moved my tongue. When I separated my mouth and tried to bite down, I realized that my jaw wasn't aligned - my teeth didn't fit together as they should. My jaw was jutting out to the right, and panic washed over me as I traced my finger down my new jawline. I could only imagine what my face looked like.
I very slowly pulled myself up, trying to avoid the covers touching my legs too much. I'd experienced domestic violence many, many times before, and I always dreaded the look in the mirror the next day. Many times I'd been shocked at the monster glaring back at me....
Book two, Domestic Violence Memoirs:
This audiobook is a collection of real-life stories from victims of domestic abuse.
As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I know that there's some comfort and strength to be gained from hearing about the events and situations that other people have gone through. To know you're not alone in how you're feeling whilst in an abusive relationship can feel like a God-send.