My name is Shannon Collins and I live in Tennessee and I’m a single mom. Recently, I escaped an abusive relationship by fighting back, which sadly caused me to go to jail for domestic assault when I finally stood up for myself. I was a certified pharmacy technician for 20 years until my license was taken due to the criminal charge I was charged with. It has ruined my life. It’s torn my daughter to pieces and I haven’t been able to find a job that pays very much. Just enough to get by only if I could go a few days a week without food. As long as my daughter was fed it didn’t matter to me. I struggled to pay my rent for over a year and have taken out several loans and also a title loan which I cannot make the payments on so I’m at risk of losing my car which would end me. I am now homeless. We were evicted from our home and have been staying with a friend in a 1 bedroom house. I am at my wit’s end and it’s affecting my health in very negative ways and along with the depression and the feeling of pure hopelessness feels like I’m suffocating. I don’t have any family to help. I don’t have but 1 friend because my ex husband kept me so isolated. My daughter is the only thing I care about and I promised her everything would be ok but it’s been a few years and it’s only gotten worse. I feel like I was the one who was the monster instead of him. I lost everything and he’s gained more than I would’ve ever thought. As I look at the scars on my hands from the broken fingers and the scars on my chest from him stabbing me with a key, I can’t believe how things turned out. I’m a strong woman but right now I have no strength and very little hope. I would like to try and understand our judicial system but I absolutely can’t. My court records are public and anyone is welcome to check it out. I want to have a home for me and my patient and loving child. That’s all we need. We can get through anything but we can’t make it without a safe home for us both.