House of sweet transition

November 2015 - Cover Story
by Kevin Boozer

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November 2015 - Cover Story

At the threshold of her home, McKeva Shelton nearly turned back. Rubbing her neck, still sore from where her Army sergeant husband had choked her, she felt her resolve wavering. A soft kick from the baby in her womb urged her on. Her husband had deployed to Afghanistan, and this was her chance to leave Washington and return home to Newberry, South Carolina.

She had to take her children and leave. She might not get another chance.

McKeva, a police officer-turned-stay-at-home-mom, knew she would be foolish to remain in a marriage where violence was the norm. Her police academy training had taught her to defend herself, but she knew what could happen during a violent exchange. Returning violence for violence was not the answer. Her children needed her in their lives, not behind bars for assault—or worse.

And so she began the long journey home. Ashamed and embarrassed, she knew coming home to her mother and extended family was best—best for her, best for her children, and best for the unborn baby who rested trustingly inside her.

More than marital struggles weighed on the 37-year-old African-American woman’s heart as she considered her next steps.

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