via Terry Gross, NPR:
Many women have a hard time admitting — even to themselves — that they’re being abused by their husband or partner. Suzanne Dubus’ first husband hit her, but still, she didn’t initially identify herself as a victim of abuse.
“I attributed it to alcohol,” Dubus says. “I knew that his father abused his mother. And I thought, ‘Well, this is just poor learning, and I can help him with this.’ ”
But after Dubus’ husband beat her so severely that he broke her eardrum, her thinking began to shift. She eventually left him. Years later, after the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, Dubus felt compelled to volunteer for victims of domestic abuse.
Now Dubus is the CEO the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, a domestic violence crisis center in Massachusetts. She and her colleagues have created a program designed to identify women who are in high-risk situations and provide them with resources to build new lives.