Jocelyn Scott was recently promoted to retail sales manager at Society for the Blind in Sacramento. It's a job she takes a lot of pride in, especially when she remembers where she was just two years ago.
"At that time, I [knew] in my heart he, he would probably kill me," said Scott. "So I started planning."
Scott is a survivor of domestic abuse. She was physically, mentally, emotionally abused by her ex-husband and even hospitalized three times.
"The last time he hit me, that was the time I realized this is enough," said Scott. "I'm done with this, because he actually hit me on the floor, banged my head on the tile."
Scott said she was originally from the Philippines and didn't have any family here. In the beginning, she didn't even realize what she was going through was domestic abuse.
With just a few hundred dollars and her 8-year-old daughter, Scott drove across country from Florida to California. Since they didn't have much money, they slept in their car at rest stops instead of hotels. This was also Jocelyn's first time driving, something her ex-husband never wanted her to do.
"I want to scream, I want to cry, but I have to show her that I'm strong," said Scott. "I asked he to close her eyes, made sure her tummy's full and we went to sleep. The next day, I used my last $50 to have a full tank. On our way to California, when I saw 'Welcome to California,' that's when I started to cry."
When Jocelyn arrived, she called a few women's shelters but none could take her.
"The only one that called me back was My Sister's House," said Scott.
Through the Sacramento non-profit, Scott was able to get back on her feet. She worked at My Sister's Cafe to get work experience and even went back to school. But there is more to this happy ending.
"Did I mention I remarried?'" said Scott, beaming with a smile. "I didn't expect that. I didn't want to get married again, but he's a wonderful man...it feels good to feel empowered. Like, 'wow.' Someone is listening to you."
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