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Reinventing Out of an Abusive Relationship

FROM A CONVERSATION WITH Vani Murthy ON THE REINVENT YOURSELF PODCAST

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Vani Murthy came to the U.S. from India and was totally economically dependent on her husband. She talks with Lesley about how, when he became abusive, she made a plan—and escaped. Vani’s miraculous story tells of believing in herself, finding help, getting her accounting degree, and forging a new life. Lesley and Vani are joined by Yesenia Maldonado, who runs Between Friends Chicago, the agency that helped Vani (and women like her) escape abusive relationships.

What to Do If You Are In This Situation

1. Pour words of encouragement into your spirit.
Empower yourself. Difficult situations and people are not meant to stay, so don’t give up. Time goes by quickly, so hopefully you can come out of this okay.

2. Know that you are not alone and it is not your fault.
We are not alone in our pain and suffering. Healing comes from acknowledging that we are surrounded by love and support, either in the divine form or in the form of our family and friends.

3. Speak up.
Yesenia’s group, Between Friends, is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. She also recommends Reach 4 Friends, which has an online chat so you can start talking to someone right away.

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