Woman stuck in an abusive relationship shares the one thing that saved her

She didn’t know where to go or who to turn to. But this one thing helped her find the strength to leave.

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  • Black eyes and bloody noses - 23-year-old Amanda Tromp is no stranger to these things.

  • She was a punching bag to her emotionally and physically abusive boyfriend. He was controlling and forced her to shut her family and friends out of her life. He insulted her, calling her fat, stupid and ugly.

  • With ties broken with the people she loved, the then 18-year-old Tromp felt that she had nowhere to go and no one to turn to.

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    Posted by Amanda Tromp on Thursday, November 12, 2015
  • "You get beaten down, and you feel stuck and trapped," she said in a video interview. "And I don't think anybody that hasn't been in the situation would know how that feels."

  • Tromp had lost all hope of escaping this nightmare of a relationship. That's when she met Kyro, the chunky puppy that stole her heart and saved her life.

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  • She saved this puppy, not knowing he would also save her

  • Tromp found an ad on Craigslist from someone asking for help in caring for an unexpected litter of puppies, as well as help finding homes for the pups.

  • She volunteered to help out, and as she cared for the 10 puppies, one stood out among the rest.

  • "Kyro was the chunkiest of his brothers and sisters and something about him tugged at my heartstrings," she said.

  • So she took little Kyro home with her. But what she didn't realize is that this puppy would one day return the favor.

  • Tromp started to gain confidence and independence with Kyro in her life. In a viral post, Tromp explains how she started using him as an excuse to escape, taking her dog out on adventures.

  • I'll keep you wild... If you'll keep me free. #BestFriends 🌊👱🐺🌊 © Goldilockѕ αиd τhe ωolf ρhoτogrαρhγ

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  • But things soon took a turn for the worse.

  • Tromp's boyfriend started directing his anger towards the dog. One day he punched Kyro right underneath his eye. This was a wake-up call Tromp needed.

  • Her desire to protect Kyro gave her the strength to leave. "Kyro was and is my world," she said. "I couldn't bare to see anything happen to him."

  • Her new fairytale life

  • After leaving her violent relationship, Tromp found her passion for photography.

  • Tranquility #Sunrise 🌅⛅🌅 © Goldilockѕ αиd τhe ωolf ρhoτogrαρhγ

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  • "A sense of peace settled in my soul, as well as a sense of purpose," she said.

  • She calls her photography business "Goldilocks and the Wolf." The name represents the bond her and Kyro formed in a time of darkness that turned into a time of light, she said. "In a sense, our own little fairytale."

  • She and Kyro were nicknamed "Goldilocks and the Wolf" since the day she brought Kyro home, and because of her long blonde hair and Kyro's dark color, she said the name just stuck.

  • The face when your Hooman tells you tomorrow is Monday. 🌲🐺🌲 © Goldilockѕ αиd τhe ωolf ρhoτogrαρhγ

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  • Tromp shares her and Kyro's adventures on her Instagram page and photography website.

  • She hopes her story will help others who were or who are still in abusive relationships. She wants them to know they aren't alone and that there is positive after all the negative.

  • "I found my four-legged Knight," she said. "Who knows where yours is waiting."

  • This lugs big day! ❄👱🐺❄ © Goldilockѕ αиd τhe ωolf ρhoτogrαρhγ

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  • If you are in an abusive relationship, contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

  • It can be difficult to see abuse in your own relationship, so use their relationship spectrum to find where your relationship lies. Their website also offers safety plans for escaping, warning signs of abuse and help for the abuser, among other tips and resources.

  • Reach out to your trusted family and friends. With help, you can escape abuse and find peace.


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Shaelynn Miller is a staff writer for FamilyShare who has a passion for writing, video production and photography.

Website: http://shaelynnmiller.weebly.com/

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