Episode 16 – Sammy Jo

Leaving An Abusive Relationship

Sammy Jo is a barrel racer, single mother of six really cool kids and loving person – and an ex-wife to an abusive husband, . She wanted to share her story with the world, because she knows how important it is for people to feel support and love when confronted with abuse and leaving that abuse. I wanted to personally say thank you to her for doing this and hope it can help somebody out there who needs it. Before I start with the rest of the blog, here is some contact information for organizations that help people going through abuse.

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline
P: 1.800.799.7233
P: 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
W: www.thehotline.org

To Find Shelters:
W: www.domesticshelters.org

The Family Place:
W: www.familyplace.org/ourservices

It is imperative that if you are or anyone you know is an abusive relationship that they leave. And it’s truly important that if you know someone going through abuse, you encourage them to get the help they need.

I honestly, do not know what else to say, because I have never been through abuse or been in an abusive relationship. I’ve been in bad relationships where there was fighting, but never abuse. That being said, I would like to reference some information from The Family Place on the signs that you or someone you know is an abusive relationship.

An abuser pressures for an exclusive commitment almost immediately.

Prevents you from going to work because “you might meet someone” and even checks the mileage on your car.

Is controlling. Interrogates you and demands that you ask permission to go out.

Expects you to be perfect all the time.

Cuts you off from family and friends.

Blames others for problems/mistakes. Says things like, “You make me angry” and not “I am angry”


Is cruel to animals.

These are just a few of the signs mentioned. To see the entire list and get more information, visit www.familyplace.org/resource/signs-of-abuse.

I hope Sammy Jo’s story helps you or a loved one. We do talk about other things during the podcast, but I feel like that is not near as important as her personal witness to leaving her abusive marriage.

Get to know Sammy Jo by following her Instagram.

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Thanks, and much love, Raf & Leah.

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