The End of November
Growing Up With Domestic Violence
About the Book
I was reluctant to write about my tumultuous childhood as I witnessed many bouts of abuse exacted by my father upon my mother. After all, writing has always been a way for me to escape the reality of the abuse, not to run to it. Encouraged by friends over the years to write about my experiences, I began jotting down painful memories as they came to me in a blog that I penned, wardofthecourt.blogspot.com. I started to experience gradual relief from the weight of carrying these heavy memories. I became light. As I began advocating domestic abuse, I thought that the blog would serve better as a book to help the victims, survivors and the most silent of these victims, the children who are forced to witness the abuse and the children who have been orphaned by domestic violence as I have been. My hope is that this book will help relieve the pain, the shame, the guilt and the loneliness that they feel as they realize that they are not alone and there is still life after the death of a parent(s) to domestic homicide. Hopefully, this book will also serve as a light to the eyes of the abuser who doesn't realize the pain they are putting their children through by brutalizing the other parent.
WHO TO CONTACT IF YOU NEED HELP
If your life has been threatened, call 911. Do not take an abuser's threat lightly.
National TEEN Dating Abuse Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Violence Anonymous (12 Step Program for Recovery from Violent Behavior)
About the Author
Nicole Sharpe, born Nicole Alaina Richards in Brooklyn, New York, has been writing as a hobby since the age of 5. The ability to write fictional stories at such an early age served as a defense mechanism as she witnessed countless scenes of domestic violence between her mother and father. Eventually her father murdered her mother on Friday, November 22nd 1991, orphaning her and her two siblings. In 2008, Ms. Sharpe decided to become an advocate of domestic abuse, first by organizing information tables on the subject at her place of employment and then by joining with the Purple Ribbon Council, a charity group whose mission is to raise awareness and engage everyday people in the prevention of domestic abuse. Along with the founder, Donna Bartos, it is also Ms. Sharpe's wish to have support groups set up across the country for children orphaned by domestic abuse with the help of the Purple Ribbon Council's Purple Ribbon Fund for Children. It is also her goal to use her experience and voice to join with other advocates to help increase awareness and prevention of the Silent Epidemic of domestic abuse until it is finally eradicated. Ms. Sharpe has spoken at a number of events including the Intimate Partner Violence conference at New York University. Her memoir, The End of November - Growing Up With Domestic Violence, is her first published book.