When I was between the ages of 9 and 14, my dad used to beat me mercilessly. The school counselors never did anything about it because they would talk to him and he would convince them that I was lying. When I got to high school I finally found a counselor who believed me. She contacted the proper people and custody of me was handed over to my mom. My dad now sits in a jail cell. One positive thing from this experience is I recognize that its happening right away and leave. I don't stay in denial in relationships. A chance to prove what I learned was when my boyfriend at the time and I were fighting. I told him I was going home because I was tired of fighting. He grabbed me and threw me down and was pushing me and things got..quite physical on his part. When I got away from him, I called my mom and she called the cops. I broke up with him that night and stopped myself from becoming a repeat victim of domestic violence with him like I had been with my dad.