She found the courage to escape her abusive second husband five years ago after he locked her up in their home and beat her daily for six months. To evade his relentless pursuit, she subsequently had to move fifteen times, finding help through the Hotline for Domestic Violence and staying in battered women’s shelters. Now living on her own, she is studying criminal justice. Her goal is to serve as an advocate in court for abused women and children. She is using her Linda Lael Miller Scholarship for Women to pay for textbooks.
“I have learned that I can survive,” Louise said, as she described the horror of the life she left behind, “and that I can pursue my dreams. The taste of freedom has opened up my soul and my mind to helping others that find themselves in similar circumstances. Freedom to me is a gift that I will never take for granted again.”