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Mom starting over after fleeing abuse

| December 4, 2010 8:00 PM

It recently took every ounce of strength this mom had to take her young daughters and escape from an abusive marriage.

"He had almost put me over the edge," she said.

The mom was able to get an apartment, and is struggling to make it a home for herself and her children.

Without help, they face a dismal holiday.

She works in retail, with no guaranteed hours, usually making just enough to cover rent and utilities.

"My paychecks have gone to rock bottom," she said.

This mother of two knows she is doing the right thing for herself and her girls, but she's frightened, and often cries herself to sleep at night.

"We're trying to make it," the mom said. "All I can tell my kids is that Christmas is going to be tight this year."

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