Dating violence magazine article
"He had me in a choke hold against the wall, saying, I'm going to kill you.
No one will find your body; no one cares about you,'" Briggs, now 26, recalls.
Not long before sunrise on a Midwestern Friday, college student and part-time waitress Alexandra Briggs sat in her one-bedroom apartment, meticulously applying thick makeup all over her face, neck and arms.
It took two coats to cover her boyfriend's teeth marks and the cigarette burns he'd inflicted, along with her newly purpling bruises; her pants hid the spot on her thigh where he'd stabbed her with a fork. "I'm sick," she told her boss as she clocked in and headed to the restroom.
It soon turned violent, but she used lots of makeup to cover the bruises and gave her parents plausible excuses for them.