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At the Oct. 1 domestic violence awareness walk in Inverness, Jordan reads from her notes, telling her story of domestic violence to a crowd of people at Liberty Park after the walk.

Editor’s note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics say 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will suffer some sort of domestic abuse in their lifetime, whether it’s emotional abuse or physical violence.

To spotlight the need for awareness and the reality that this is happening to your friends, family members and co-workers who might be trying their hardest to hide their shame, the Chronicle is telling the story of Jordan, one woman who is getting her life back after 16 years of living in an abusive marriage.

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Jordan, not her real name, says she endured 16 years of domestic abuse in her marriage until she found the courage to leave with her children and find freedom, thanks to CASA, Citrus Abuse Shelter Association.

Nancy Kennedy can be reached at 352-564-2927 or by email at nkennedy@chronicleonline.com.