Singer and photographer Darrian Amaker says she's spent much of her life collecting and telling others' stories, but now she's telling her own for an awful reason.
She posted a video on the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Facebook page on Jan. 16 detailing her own story of domestic abuse at the hands of her "love-no-longer" — her boyfriend.
"A few days after Thanksgiving this past year, my love went straight psychotic and beat me brutally for 10 hours. He had planned it out; I was supposed to die," she wrote in the video caption. "I survived or escaped, whatever you want to call it, and spent four days in the hospital, eyes swollen shut, wondering why, wondering why."
Amaker was left with serious injuries on her body that will heal, but she'll be left with some physical signs of the awful abuse she endured.
"I asked my doctor why I look different in the mirror, assuming it's a psychological consequence of savagery," Amaker wrote of her injured face. "Softly she remarked that all of my bones are bruised, quarter-inch ridges that I can feel — my face is different, it's one-half inch wider now."
She made the post public, she said, to create a "small triumph" in her battle in order to "salvage anything from my shipwrecked heart." Her ex now faces felony charges and several years in prison for the savage attack.
"Domestic violence is not a faraway issue," she continued. "It affects people you know, cheerful people, people who sing, people who love. We the humans must be better, kinder, stronger. We the loving must not tolerate abuse. We the living must facilitate life."
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org.
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