‘Enough Is Enough’—Amy Duggar King Opens Up About Surviving Domestic Violence

Amy Duggar King is sharing her story of domestic abuse this week, in hopes of encouraging those who are currently in, or have experienced abusive relationships.

The former reality star took to Instagram Friday with a lengthy post detailing her experiences with abusive partners in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“I’ve just gotten a taste of what abuse can look like,” Amy wrote, before describing her abusive relationship with a wealthy man she dated prior to meeting her husband.

“We were at a New Years party at some millionaires house and he was telling a story but he wasn’t telling the story right so I said ‘No, babe, it went like this,’ ” she wrote.

“Thinking that wouldn’t be a big deal to just tell the story right? He asked if we could go talk in the hallway and the second we got away from people he grabbed me by the neck and grabbed my hair and hit my head against the wall several times and told me to never make him look bad again,” Amy wrote.

 

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She continued, “My job as his girlfriend was just to make him look good. He said if you don’t shut your trap you won’t be my wife. I remember shaking and totally scared not knowing what to do. We left the party and I tried to apologize to him like I did something wrong?? But he became furious broke a vase and then got into his family vault and showed me the ring he had for me and tossed it in the yard. I knew I couldn’t live with that.”

Following that relationship, Amy says she wound up dating a guy “who seemed great,” and made her feel “safe,” until “one night it switched.”

“We were watching a movie and randomly he said to me ‘I bet you are thinking about another guy right now’ and I was like umm no. And he got up and screamed ‘DON’T LIE TO ME!!’ Broke the dvd, and I was like ‘what the hell is wrong with you’ and he was like why are you with me?” she recalled.

“He told me nobody ever leaves him. He then became like the freaking hulk & slammed his hand against his large TV and broke it into a million pieces and was throwing things and then raised his first like he was going hit me,” she wrote.

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” Amy continued, adding, “Imagine the nightmare if I would have married either man?”

By the grace of God, Amy was able to escape both abusive relationships, and has since married her husband, Dillon King, with whom she has a 2-year-old son.

 

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Having walked through the horror of several abusive relationships, Amy concluded her post by encouraging others to do whatever they can to escape.

“Abuse starts small, and they figure out what they can get away with and then it leads to more and more and more until they literally cannot stop,” she wrote. “If you are married or dating someone who threatens your security in any aspect LEAVE. Escape their wrath and their manipulation and control.”

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If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.


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