When I was just sixteen years old, I became a statistic, 1 in 4 teens to experience dating violence, when my boyfriend split my lip and blackened my eye in a jealous rage. It wasn’t the last time he hit me, and it only got worse. His abuse escalated to a point that he even kicked me in my pregnant belly, endangering the life of the precious gift inside.I was the third generation of women in my family to be trapped in the never-ending cycle of violence. Twenty two years later, my daughter became the fourth when her boyfriend tried to kill her and threatened the life of their baby girl, Promise.
With a family history of four generations of mothers and daughters (my grandmother, my mother, myself and my daughter) that suffered and survived 60+ years of domestic violence, I have vowed to break the cycle of violence in my family, and make a difference for others as well.
Saving Promise is the hope for a safe and secure future for our children, our grandchildren, and all those who will follow.
– L.Y. Marlow
Founder, Saving Promise