Pinpoints of Light: Escaping the Abyss of Abuse

Click, click, and click. My eyes connected with my three boys as the last buckle snapped into place. My head suddenly screamed at me, Two minutes left! 


Everyone is in the van! I thought. ONE minute LEFT! I turned to enter back into the basement apartment for the last time of my life. Over the past nine years, I had to return to this basement over three different times. For the last time, I entered the kitchen door, where he first lifted me over the threshold—then life hit me--the “honeymoon” was over.

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How did April get out of nine years of living in the abyss of abuse with his mental illness to find a way out? What did she do?

 

She chose light and stopped looking at the black shadow of the abyss. She chose to follow the pinpoint of light that appeared before her. She chose Light!   

Again, the question is how did April get out?

 

In the pages of this book you will discover the gripping story, experience powerful emotions, and wonder how April will ever overcome the abyss of abuse!

Welcome to Pinpoints of Light Media Room

Thank you for visiting our media room.  Your time is critical and we don’t believe in wasting any of it. We look forward to working with you.

For an interview, please contact april@apriltribe.com. 

If you are up against a deadline, please include your phone number and we will get back to you. 

 

Here is an outline of the media kit for fast navigation.  I look forward to connecting with you about my book Pinpoints of Light: Escaping the Abyss of Abuse.

--April T Giauque

Outline of Media Page

  • SUPPORTER'S Toolkit

  • Sample Interview Questions

  • Domestic Violence Statistics 

  • Book Trailer

  • BIO

  • Sneak Peak

  • Media Experience

Supporter's Toolkit

TOp QUestioN: 

How do I help someone who is in abuse?

CALL to ACTION:

3 Signs that tell you your co-worker, friend, or family is in trouble! 

Co-workers, families, friends--do you know how to help someone if they are in an abusive situation? Do you know what to say and what not to say to them?  Victims who are in abuse need supporters

 

Supporters are the number one reason that a victim will be able to make a successful exit plan to stay out of abuse, and then continue to live a safer life!

April shares in her heroic story of Pinpoints of Light how supporters were her number one reason for not going back to abuse.

The Supporter's Toolkit is they KEY for helping someone out of abuse. It is a researched based program for co-workers, family members, and friends. 

 

1. WHO is a supporter?

2. What is the Role of a Supporter?

3.  Share an example from your story about the Supporters in your life?

4. How does one become a supporter?

5.  Are there DO's and DON'T's of being a supporter? 

6. How do supporters get training?   

Sound like a pro even though you haven't read the book yet.

If you'd like these 10 questions in an easy to print PDF, please click the button.

  1. In 60 seconds, what is Pinpoints of Light about?

  2. Sharing stories about abuse is an emotional challenge.  Why do you want to share your story?

  3. Tell us about why you built the background of your former spouse. And why is that important for the reader? 

  4. In the book, you talk about mental illness. Can you explain more about how that affected the abuse?

  5. What's the cost for people who stay in abusive relationships?

  6. The book reveals the path to how you escaped the abyss of abuse. Tell us more.

  7. Who are Supporters? What role did they play for you?

  8. You waited nearly 12 years to share this story with the world.  What was the catalyst to share now? 

  9. You talk about your journey to discovering your worth and value.  What do you mean by that?

  10. Where do you see this book going?  (TV Movie? Inspirational Speaking)

Sample Questions

Domestic Violence Statistics

 

***These Statistics come from National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For complete stats please visit their website for printable materials www.ncadv.org.

 

 

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9

  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.10

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.2

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2

  • 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.2

  • Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.2

  • Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.2

RAPE

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.1

  • Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.11

STALKING

  • 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime.1 60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.11

HOMICIDE

  • A study of intimate partner homicides found that 20% of victims were not the intimate partners themselves, but family members, friends, neighbors, persons who intervened, law enforcement responders, or bystanders.3

  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder suicides are female.8

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.5

ECONOMIC IMPACT

  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8.0 million days of paid work each year.6

  • The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $8.3 billion per year.6

  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.6

  • Between 2003 and 2008, 142 women were murdered in their workplace by their abuser, 78% of women killed in the workplace during this timeframe.4

PHYSICAL/MENTAL IMPACT

  • Women abused by their intimate partners are more vulnerable to contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse or prolonged exposure to stress.7

  • Studies suggest that there is a relationship between intimate partner violence and depression and suicidal behavior.7

  • Physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health effects have been linked with intimate partner violence including adolescent pregnancy, unintended pregnancy in general, miscarriage, stillbirth, intrauterine hemorrhage, nutritional deficiency, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Victims of domestic violence are also at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.7

 

Book Trailer

BIO

April T Giauque escaped the abyss of abuse through pinpoints of light.  Through her book Pinpoints of Light, she coaches the battered, beaten and broken discover their strength to change from Victim to Victor, for Advocates to understand their impact, and for supporters to understand their value so that they can become Beacons of Light!

 

April has experienced homelessness with her five children (three who also have Autism) following their escape, yet she remained focused and earned her Master's degree after leaving domestic violence.

 

April has three main areas of focus:  

Healing and Supporting:

She is a victor over abuse who helps the battered, beaten, and broken discover their light so that they can heal. 

 

She also empowers friends, family members, and co-workers with support skills so that they can be the ultimate supporter and help them become a victor in light in life.

 

Parents

She is a mom of special needs children who teaches Parents to release their light within to guide their children with skills so that they thrive in school, social settings, and in life.

 

Teachers

She is an educational relationship builder who helps teachers connect with their stents so that learning can flow and all can reach their potential.

 

April is remarried to Scott and has four more children (two who also are deaf) with him. She is now the mother of nine. April has taken her Pinpoints of Light and turned it into a Beacon of Light to enlighten and Illuminate the world!

Sneak Peak

Come take a look at a few of the chapters to help you get a feel for the book.  

Click on the button and see a sneak peak.