Audrey Mabrey, Local Domestic Violence Survivor and Hope Messenger

Audrey Mabrey, Domestic Violence Survivor and Hope Messenger

Under burns and scars, a Hillsborough woman finds herself – St. Petersburg Times.

The Hope 4 Us Now staff just finished reading an article in The St. Petersburg Times about a truly inspiring woman named Audrey Mabrey who seems to know quite a bit about hope.

You might have already heard about Audrey. She’s the beautiful young local woman from Apollo Beach who survived a monstrous domestic violence attack on November 17th, 2009.

Her husband, a former police officer, and the father of her two children, attacked her with a butcher knife, beat her with a hammer, and then poured gasoline on her and set her on fire.

At first she prayed for forgiveness, then she prayed to survive for her children.

She survived. So did the husband who tried to commit suicide and is now charged with attempted murder and arson.

Though her physical beauty has been altered, she’s convinced her inner beauty radiates ever more brightly.

She hopes to go back to school, write a book, and start a charity for women, and she’s presently volunteering with Hands Across the Bay.

Hope 4 Us Now is very interested in doing a feature story on Audrey and perhaps organizing some assistance for her. What do you think?

Here’s a few questions out of many we’d like to ask:
What does the word Hope mean to you?
What is your greatest challenge to being hopeful everyday?
Why do you think you’re so driven to help others now?

Are there any questions you would like us to ask?

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dianarasmussen
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 22:02:28

    A feature story on Audrey would be amazing. Your log is inspirational and so needed. Love your “Hope Messenger ” designation, it is so much more powerful than “survivor” or “victim”.

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  2. stockdalewolfe
    Feb 11, 2013 @ 14:22:01

    I would want to know how she deals with or dealt with the anger towards her husband for what he did or was she able to go to a higher level?

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  3. ravenjanedoh
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 12:08:31

    When the memories creep in, and the weight of it seems to become more darkness than you can bear, what do you do to draw out that hope? What are your strategies for finding the light and recovering the incredible strength you’ve gained through surviving to lit yourself back up and remember how incredibly strong you know you are?
    These are questions I would ask. Because being a survivor isn’t a one time thing. With some events you learn to survive time and again, until time has given you the distance and knowledge to see the whole picture, and realize you have, in fact, become something so much more. And that is something of value.

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  4. cleopatra59
    Aug 25, 2014 @ 14:34:42

    A feature stort of Audrey would be fantastic. I would want to ask where does she draw her strength from? What does she say to her children about their father? Having hope is having something to hold on to in the face trials and tribulations. Keep hope alive.

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  5. E.D.
    Aug 26, 2014 @ 06:44:04

    hard to believe such things happen but they do… I wonder how she deals with the scares both physical and mental.. eve

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