Melanie endured a very difficult childhood, being exposed to severe daily domestic violence by her Father, who was an alcoholic.
This ongoing violence destabilised her home and forced Melanie, her siblings and her Mother in and out of refuges for many years. A combination of psychological and physical abuse sadly became the norm for her whilst growing up.
During her teenage years, Melanie became involved with substance misuse, which later led to her to being sexually exploited and raped at the age of 17. She became immersed in a dangerous world of drugs, alcohol and unhealthy, toxic relationships. These circumstances resulted in Melanie becoming one of the biggest drug dealers in her hometown and the surrounding areas. This new lifestyle transported Melanie from a world of poverty to affluence.
In her twenties, Melanie met Dwayne and the beginning of their relationship was extremely volatile. Fuelled by drugs, alcohol and violence, the relationship mirrored the same patterns that Melanie had experienced in her childhood and in her previous relationships. This unhealthy relationship continued until Dwayne’s transformation in his prison cell in 2012.
This was the catalyst that led to Melanie making conscious life-changing choices which enabled her to break free from her negative lifestyle and finally step into her destiny to help others.