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Domestic abuse survivor tells her story

Surviving domestic violence is not just about surviving an abusive relationship. It is also about surviving the aftermath of leaving that situation.

That is how Linda Dynel, a domestic violence survivor from Lockport, summarized a presentation she gave Sept. 12 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges — and presentations she gives to college students around the country and to law enforcement officers and judicial system professionals around the state.

“I think a lot of people think once you’re out of the relationship, you’re good, you’re gone, you’re free, you can go live your happy life,” said Dynel, who wrote and self-published Leaving Dorian, her memoir of surviving domestic violence, and gives talks to various groups based upon the book.

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