I am the product of a schizophrenic mother and a sometimes-absent father. I am also no stranger to violence. When I was younger, I envisioned growing up with my family intact and with parents who were active in my life. Reality gave me a much different picture when my family was torn apart due to violence. Growing up in a home where love just seemed lost took a toll on me. Violence was like an additional member of my family - always around, always heard, always seen but never stopped.