dR. SHANDA ROBERTS
My name is Shanda Roberts. I was born in Freeport, Bahamas. I am married to my king & my soulmate & I have 3 beautiful children! I was a victim of domestic violence. I say 'was' because I am now a survivor! I survived the abuse that could've killed me.
The abuse started at 15 years old while I was in high school. I met a man who promised to love me & take care of me. He said I would never have to want for anything ... and I didn't. He showered me with gifts almost every day! I wore the latest clothes and shoes, and had enough jewelry to open up a jewelry store. He was the best boyfriend ever ... until the day he hit me.
That was years ago but all those years I held on to that pain. I kept it buried inside, I refused to let anyone (who already didn't know) find out about that part of my life. Being in that very abusive relationship left me broken, hurt, defensive and angry. I walked around mad and angry with the world but it wasn't until I began to share my story that I began to heal.
Pain 2 Purpose, Inc., also services women's shelters in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. It is through our 'Stuff-A-Purse' initiative that we provide new or gently used purses stuffed with personal hygiene products and a positive handwritten note to the shelter residents, endearing them with a sense of confidence and dignity.