I am the survivor of domestic, emotional, financial, mental, psychological, and verbal abuse, from my first marriage. It didn’t start off as visible. It worsened over time. I denied it, as many women do. Because of the extent of that abuse, I have suffered greatly with low self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence. This amounted to an overall feeling of ‘I am not good enough.’ Over the years, along with living in constant fear, I have also dealt with depression, anxiety and loneliness. Unfortunately, there are many women (and men) who are in similar situations.  Living in constant fear, not knowing what to do or where to turn.

Domestic violence, abuse (in any form), depression/poor mental health - There are so many vital subjects we need to discuss openly as a society to begin to reduce systemic issues. All it takes is one voice to start making the movement. I found my voice and while it was too late on my own journey and I had so much to repair, personally....I hope my journey will be able to inspire and empower others not to give up and to stand up to their perpetrators and take their power back. NO ONE deserves to be abused in any form, controlled, degraded, disrespected, made to feel so worthless and inadequate.

I am not ashamed of my past. I would never want to relive it, however, all these adversities have allowed me to grow and become the woman I am today. This has not been an easy road. I have chosen to use all the negative experiences I have encountered in life, and all the adversity I have overcome, to help empower others.

What follows me is sharing my journey, life experiences, and my personal comeback. I hope my story, strength, bravery, persistence, courage, and determination will inspire someone else to keep going and never give up. I am sharing my story for support, not sympathy.

"It's easy to judge others. But, unless we've walked in someone else's shoes, it's impossible to know what someone else is going through. Always be kind. Life experiences change people. We all handle things in different ways. Take time to get to know someone, give them a chance. Include them, without judgement. Do not listen to the opinion of others. The way we treat someone not only says a lot about our own integrity but could also make the difference in someone else's life." ~ Nicole Moehring

Nicole Moehring

Author, Finding Myself, Overcoming Abuse, Heartbreak and Loss Then Finding True Love
Founder and Executive Director, Voices of Change 2018
Author • Survivor • Award Winning Advocate & Speaker

Nicole Moehring is the mother of 2 children, a wife, and an advocate for children with disabilities and domestic abuse awareness. She is the Founder of Voices of Change 2018 and the first time author of Finding Myself, Overcoming Abuse, Heartbreak and Loss Then, Finding True Love. She currently serves on the Ohio Attorney General Committee for Crime Victims with Disabilities, is an Advisory Board Member for Natalie's Voice and a DS-Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society. (DS-Ambassadors are volunteer advocates of all abilities committed to taking part in the democratic process and serving as liaisons between NDSS and their congressional delegations. The overarching goal of the program is to build long-lasting relationships with your elected officials at the federal, state and local level of government to continually raise awareness, educate and advocate for public policy solutions that benefit the Down syndrome community.) . 
Nicole is currently writing her second book, Finding My Voice. 

In 2021, Nicole received the Crucial Point Award. This is an annual award given to people and organizations that delve beyond the surface of sex crimes to focus on overlooked niches of survivorship. They then bring these specific topics to mainstream platforms to increase public awareness and effectively drive social change. Winners of this award demonstrate a clear understanding of the specific needs of the sexual assault and abuse survivorship community and help implement real solutions.