Friday 30 September 2016

WATCH: Domestic abuse survivor: 'He had planned it out. I was supposed to die but I survived'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 18/01/2016 | 12:36

A woman who says she suffered domestic abuse has shared an inspiring video on social media showing her singing from her hospital bed.

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Darrian Amaker, an American writer, posted an accompanying message on Facebook, explaining that she had been inspired to write the song after becoming a victim of abuse in recent days.

Her song describes a woman with a "wounded spirit" who has been left with serious injuries.

“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. I survived or escaped, whatever you want to call it, and spent four days in the hospital, eyes swollen shut, wondering why, wondering why," she wrote.

She explains that her former partner has been charged with six felonies by a grand jury.

Amaker said that making the video was extremely important to her.

"I insisted - it felt important and a small triumph to make something, salvage anything from my shipwrecked heart.

“Domestic violence is not a faraway issue. 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," she said.

The video has been viewed more than 51,000 times and has encouraged other Facebook users to tell their stories of domestic abuse.

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