Monica got married young to her high school sweetheart. Monica thought she knew this person, but things changed over time and after the birth of their young son, she began to endure physical and verbal abuse from her husband. After an incident where she was strangled by her husband, she knew it was time to get out for the safety of her and her son. She sought help from her family, and they encouraged Monica to call the Domestic Violence Hotline, which referred her to the courthouse where she was connected with Prairie State Legal Services. PSLS helped Monica with a restraining order and a divorce in which she received sole custody of her son. Today, she feels safe and grateful for the work of PSLS in her family's life.