Former Memphis news anchor shares story of domestic abuse survival

Former Memphis news anchor shares story of domestic abuse survival
Dee and her son. (Source: Dee Griffin)
Dee and her son. (Source: Dee Griffin)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With more than 15 years in television news, Dee Griffin relocated from Memphis to Boston as a newlywed, but her fairytale marriage turned into a nightmare of violence.

"I went back and I tried to go back in the end," said Griffin. "I fought for my marriage. I wanted my husband, but thank God for unanswered prayers."

Griffin was forced to flee for her life with her infant child after suffering abuse at the hands of her now ex-husband.

"I didn't have child support to depend on. I had to take care of my son and try to find money the best way I could," she explained.

Griffin's story made headlines as she faced her fears: embarrassment and financial devastation--two frightening realities for many survivors of domestic violence, which often keeps victims trapped in dangerous relationships.

"You may lose your money, you may face some shame, but you gain your life and you gain some peace."

One in three children who witness domestic violence later find themselves in similar relationships.

Griffin said she could not allow her son, now four years old, to be exposed to that abuse.

"He's my motivation; he's my strength, he's my world," she said. "We left together; he was 5 weeks old. I didn't know what I was going to do and I had this little baby, but I knew if we had each other, we would make it."

No longer in news, Griffin is the public information officer in Augusta, Georgia and returned to the Bluff City Wednesday as the headline speaker at The YWCA Greater Memphis Benefit Luncheon, which raises money for victims of domestic abuse.

Griffin said she hopes her story inspires victims to make a decision that could save a life.

"God can change a bad into a good. It's just a matter of you taking that step," she said. "You may not see the whole staircase but just take the step. That's faith."

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