Inside the world of domestic abuse

Victim shared tale of violence and hope

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre event “A Crazy Love Affair” last week at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, raised more than US$15,000 and delivered a message of the devastating impact of domestic violence on one woman.

Best-selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner captivated an audience of more than 220 when she spoke frankly about her personal experience as a victim of domestic abuse.

She told the audience about how she managed to escape from an abusive relationship, which prompted her to write the book “Crazy Love” and present a TED Talk – to stir and arise the curiosity of others.

She recounted her years of her first marriage to an abusive man and why, as an intelligent, well-educated woman, she felt compelled to stay in the relationship.

After the presentation, Cayman Islands Crisis Centre Chairman Len Layman issued a challenge to the men in the room to understand that domestic violence is an issue for men and not just for women.

The event organiser, Denise Gower of Fountainhead Business Development and a board member of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, said, “It was important for us to speak to a demographic of professional women about the issue of domestic violence as they are particularly difficult to reach. Leslie’s story is heart-warming and full of hope.

“The statistics say that one in every four women in that room have been or are being abused by their partners.

“It is our hope that Leslie’s words will spark those women to pursue a life free from violence.”

The Crisis Centre’s next 
fundraising event is the 
11th annual Jingle Bell Walk Run, which takes place on Sunday, Dec. 8. Registration is now open on CaymanActive.com.

Best-selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner captivated an audience of more than 220 when she spoke frankly about her personal experience as a victim of domestic violence.

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