Mary Arnold thought her boyfriend, Kyle*, was perfect. He would make dinner every night, help take care of her children, and was always there when she needed support. But their relationship soon took a turn for the worst. He became angry, controlling, and abusive, and arguments would escalate when he would drink.
One night, Mary gave Kyle an ultimatum –to choose her, or the alcohol. He then looked her in the eyes and slowly cracked open a beer. At that moment, Mary realized that she deserved better, and found the courage to leave him after four long years of physical and emotional abuse.
Mary called Women In Distress feeling hopeless and scared, but she now has the strength to pursue her goals. In her therapy sessions, Mary revealed that she struggled with alcohol herself, and that Kyle always said she’d never be sober. But next month, Mary will celebrate six months of sobriety.
Throughout her road to recovery and healing in our shelter, Mary created healthy relationships with everyone around her. She said that Women In Distress never gave up on her and that for the first time in years, she felt loved.
As for Mary’s future, she wants to “give back what was freely given to her” by pursuing a career in social services. She hopes her story will inspire others to get the help they need.
*To protect confidentiality, an alias has been used