Living in peaceful Bucks County, yet I find myself saying, “I know someone who was murdered.”
Yes, murdered. Murdered by her ex-husband. Yes, domestic violence. This crime is so heinous that I cannot sleep at night. I cannot wrap my head around this horrific crime. I lay awake thinking of this woman who was a daughter, mother, aunt, godmother, friend, coach, and teammate. She was a dedicated, loving, and caring mother who put her boys first.
Domestic violence not only took the life of Nicole, but a part of the lives of all who knew her.
The abuser builds a wall around the victim such that they cannot always hear their friends or family when they say, “Run, don’t walk.” As a society, domestic violence is a something that we don’t always allow ourselves to talk about openly. We talk about it in hushed tones. I say, let’s shout out for Nicole… so that no other woman has to lose her life to an abuser.
Wear purple every once in a while. It’s the color for awareness of domestic violence… and Nicole’s favorite color.
Melissa Jo Cornell-Closterman
AWP volunteer and former field hockey teammate to Nicole Peppleman