Jennifer says when she was younger she tried to protect her mother from her father. "I would try to fight back with him," she says. "But that would make things worse. I learned as I got older to bite my lip and keep my mouth shut."

Jennifer says the worst thing she remembers her father doing to her mother came after he noticed a scratch on the car. "I don't even know how it happened, but he came home and I heard commotion—things being pushed and falling—so I walked into the room," she says. "I was probably about 10, and he was actually laying on top of her, hitting her in the side. That was the worst thing I'd ever seen him do to her physically."


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