Survivor Stories

The mission of VOICES of Acadiana is to advocate for victims of domestic violence by actively working towards systems change, domestic violence education and awareness, and survivor outreach in order to break the generational cycle of abuse in families. VOICES of Acadiana is led by survivors working to break the silence by empowering survivors to take a stand against domestic violence. Use Your Voice = Break the Silence

Roxanne’s Story

Roxanne’s Story

My name is Roxanne Martin and I’m a survivor of thirty years of domestic violence. I’m not quite sure when I actually realized that I was in an abusive relationship. I met my ex-husband in 1987. I quickly realized that there was something not quite right in our...

Brandi’s Story

Brandi’s Story

We were teenagers when we first met. The year was 1990, the first time I laid eyes on him was at a church youth group function. Set against the dusty rose carpet and wood paneling walls, he stood at the front of the church with his friends. He was wearing a mustard...

Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea’s Story

I am strong. I am innocent. I am a survivor. I am a warrior! do·mes·tic vi·o·lence noun violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. My name is Chelsea and I am 26 years old. Here you will not find your...

Stacey’s Story

Stacey’s Story

June 2010 – I first met him through my employment. I was HR and he worked for one of our vendors. We chatted in the office kitchen for a while. He asked if I was single and what church I attended and we realized that we attended the same church. July 2010 – My mother...