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Memphis is bracing for another spike in domestic violence. ‘You can leave,’ survivor says

Laura Testino

Memphis Commercial Appeal

The kids gave their mom an ultimatum: If she stayed in the abusive relationship, they wouldn’t stay with her.

“Hearing my kids say that, that was the end for me,” said Stephanie Harris. She called the police, who connected her to Memphis’ Family Safety Center, a little over a year ago. They helped her and her kids into safe housing, and, eventually, helped her find her own place. Equipped with her CNA license and a license to braid hair, Harris has never been happier, she said.

Getting away gave her space to breathe.