UNVEIL: 10 Steps Used to Survive and Move Beyond Domestic Violence (A Guide for the Voiceless)
UNVEIL, part memoir, part self-help, is a short read that includes snippets of a woman's abusive experience and the ten steps she takes to break free from the chains of domestic abuse. Latosha Denise Barnes-Henderson reveals the chronicles of heartbreak, painful memories, and lack of love from the man she shared her world with and bear children with. Barnes-Henderson briefly goes into how she'd consciously go in and out of another realm to escape the physical pain brought upon her, all while in the presence of her daughters. She was also shunned away from family and friends who encouraged her to make it work.
Barnes-Henderson acknowledges the moment she made the decision that enough was enough. She succeeded in removing herself and her daughters. Still, it wasn't until seven years later that Barnes-Henderson heard a familiar voice that brought upon anxiety, which would be the cause of her internal healing. She had yet to execute the one step placed in her heart.
While amid this storm, Barnes-Henderson formed a passion for helping others like herself, and she birthed Patricia's Place Domestic Violence Shelter: a secured facility and safe-haven for women. So as you read this piece of her journey, it is with great intention that this self-help activity guide encourages readers to utilize ten steps to help them or someone in need to move beyond the inflicted pain of mental and physical abuse to a place of peace.