What’s the main point of your story?
It’s hope that one can always change any situation you are not happy with. Though, of course, you should have inner strength, desire, and support.
What do you want others to take away?
First of all, a woman has to think about herself. In my situation, it wasn’t a horrible situation, really. But it was going on for a long time. There were moments when I wanted to change my life, but I didn’t know how to do that. My husband was a musician and he wanted me to support him, to be his fan. And, when people were wondering what’s for you in that, I didn’t know what to say… You shouldn’t dissolve into a male.
Do you think you’ve given something to other women?
Maybe, some women will watch the story and recognize themselves in my story and that feeling of not being alone, feeling relieved. We discussed that a lot. I hope my story will help some people.
Do you have a message for other women around GBV?
In Ukraine, gender-based violence is a big issue. I primarily think of it as domestic violence and relationship between men and children. Issues around psychological and women violence is rather tolerated. But, issues around domestic [violence] by a man against a woman is very bad and women are not protected. It’s very hard for women to go to the police or complain to somebody. So, it would be desirable to get more support and protection for women in Ukraine.