Lori is a 10-year domestic violence survivor. During her 18-year marriage, she was physically, mentally, emotionally and financially abused. Her ex-husband refused to allow her to work outside of the home, attend college and controlled all spending, leaving her completely reliant on him. For Lori, every day was as restricting as the day you might accidentally leave your wallet at home. But instead of asking herself questions like, “How will I pay for my bus fare or my morning coffee?,” Lori faced the, at times, seemingly insurmountable, challenge of finding safety and freedom for her and her six children. Lori’s journey to freedom from her abusive relationship is a remarkable story of courage and strength. Since breaking free in 2005, Lori’s road to independence has not been easy, but she has managed to leverage the pains of her past into activism that brings help and hope to other women suffering from financial abuse. Lori recently graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and currently resides in Michigan.