Olliette Murry-Drobot was subjected to domestic abuse before she was even born. When Murry-Drobot’s mother was pregnant, she endured frequent beatings from her partner. The violence intensified to the point that Murry-Drobot’s mom didn’t feel her daughter move for days at a time.

Murry-Drobot survived, and witnessed her father terrorize her mother throughout her early childhood, she told Huffington Post. Now, she has committed her life to protecting and empowering victims of domestic violence and ensuring that the children who often suffer long-lasting consequences, also get the support they need.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, according to Memphis CBS affiliate WREG. Nationally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men experience intimate partner violence, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Children who are exposed to domestic violence also face a number of other risks. They’re susceptible to developing anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and drug and alcohol abuse issues, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Domestic violence is a crime. If you or a family member is a victim of domestic violence or abuse defense lawyer Joseph H. Nivin can help you navigate the civil and criminal justice systems. Our law firm will help ensure your safety, prosecute the attacker and give you hope for a new life.