Joyce Hayden left her university teaching position to pursue writing and art endeavours. Since then, she has exhibited her paintings in a One Woman sh... ow and finished her memoir, The Out of Body Girl. Her website is joycehayden.com.
Looking back, specific actions helped me embrace a new life and freedom after leaving my abuser.
It has taken me years to speak up and speak out in the hope that others might find strength to voice their own stories.
I refused help, but people who reached out helped me see what I could not: I did not deserve a life of fists and fear.