Tonight's special guest is Dianne Hope Nickisson from Manchester, England, a new NAASCA family member who's a child abuse and Domestic Violence survivor. Dianne tells me, "I was bought up in a DV home, had two DV relationships." She explains that she escaped one of them last year and sadly lost her own child for three months, but that she fought to get her home. "I was young child that witness domestic violence from the day I could first see or sense as a child," she says. "I saw my parents show violence or endure violence. I was subjected to this daily and lived in fear, and that fear has never really left me." The abuse continued in her childhood. "I was subjected to child sexual abuse many times, and was eventually removed and taken into care due to medical neglect. My mother cared more about her boyfriends than us. I was abused in care, physically , mentally and emotionally." In later life she experienced her own Domestic Violence. "I ended up with CPTSD from the violence [and was] failed by the Police and others, and now, 15 years on, I have just come through another violent relationship." She recently found out he broke her neck 2 yrs ago. And, she adds, ".. as a result I lost my child because the Police made mega mistakes that nearly cost us our lives, our futures." But she's determined now, and on a mission. "I am fighting for all victims of violence male and female." We appreciate Dianne. "We need to educate, empower and not hide behind the silent doors we close," she says. "We need to show the next generation how to learn to love and protect and flourish. And we need to keep children with parents when possible." She goes on, "If you need me, I will be there."
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