I was living with my now ex-husband and three boys in Utah. He was physically, emotionally, verbally, and financially abusive for eight years. With the support of my family I made the decision to leave him. The police were called and they escorted me to a domestic violence shelter. I stayed there overnight and the next day my mom and little sister picked me up, and I stayed at a friend’s house overnight. The next day we took a U-haul to the house and packed up my things and the childrens items. The police were there while we packed to make sure my ex-husband would not interfere. When we left, he followed for a while, but we were able to escape without him knowing where we went. I had found out about a shelter in Southern Utah where we could get some help. I was able to file for a protective order and a mutual restraining order. The local domestic violence shelter referred me to the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation where I was put on a waiting list for an apartment. Another agency helped me pay for my deposit and first month’s rent. This experience has changed my life for the better. I can now breathe and know that everything is going to be okay. Before the move, I panicked because I did not know how I would function on my own, but I have been able to learn how to live on my own. I was in my late 20’s when I finally got my driver’s license and my first job. I have attended a support group where they listen and do not judge my situation. I now realize that I am stronger than I first thought and that I can make it on my own.