One Pair of Panties…”A True Story of Abuse, Survival and Victory”

A domestic violence story by Debra Bell-Vanzant.


My Prayer is that it will help somebody..Only you know when you are sick and tried of being sick and tried…

It was not easy, but anything you want in life, bad enough won’t be easy…
This is the introduction of my book and the end of a dark life and the beginning of a new.

My book Title is:
One Pair of Panties…”A True Story of Abuse, Survival and Victory” It will be avail. in July/2012…

About the Book
Debra Bell-Vanzant exposes how a family, who lived with abuse, adultery, lies and deception behind the closed doors of their seemingly perfect middle-class existence, crippled a precious little girl emotionally. It was a life that she never should have known. The story gives a riveting account of why this little girl became rebellious and felt forced to live on the streets of Chicago at the age of fourteen – lost, lonely and looking for love. It covers her life of drugs, abuse and more abuse at the hands of men, disgrace, shame, loss of self-respect and total abandonment by her family at such a young age.

This story is intended as an eye-opener for young girls, alerting them that there are wolves in sheep’s clothing just waiting for them to run away from their parents and into the streets. No longer a child, the woman described herein has lived a life of trials and tribulations, but overcame her struggles and is now a survivor of an apparently hopeless situation for over eighteen years.

The book will hopefully serve as inspiration for women currently trying to escape the cycle of abuse. By the grace and mercy of God, you will be able to make it through; not necessarily by duplicating the efforts of this woman, but by the path that the Heavenly Father has laid out for you.

This not a new story, but this is my story…

I’m here at the end, but yet the beginning of my life that at one time I thought, I would never see. But God… I made it by the Grace and Mercy of God, through Hope, Faith and Prayers, with a sincere heart and made up mind, but most of all, Prayers from my Na-na and from other people that were praying for me. I made it out of a life that had me racing straight to Hell!

I’ve grown a lot. There were parts of my past life that have taken me years to overcome, but I made. But God…

As I wrote the details of my life in the form of an open book, I wanted readers to know that it doesn’t matter what you went through in life or where you are right now in this present moment; there is a brighter day. The sun will shine and you will see a rainbow, you just have to hold on to God’s unchanging hand, and don’t look back.

Writing about my experiences in life helped me to realize, I had to go through what I went through, to get where I am now, and to see where I’m going!

During my difficult journey of writing my story, I had to go back to some dark, dark places that was scary and painful. I cried, I got angry and I even laughed at times, but all while I was going back down that path, I realized how truly Blessed I am; how God has given me favor and power over it all.

People have tried to pull me down, but come to find out I was my worst enemy. See sometimes we can blame other people for all the tragedies in our lives, but if we really stop and think about it we had a choice. Remember, that God gives us a choice, at our own will.

It was a serious battle for me to re-visit those dark places, to break the strongholds that Satan had on my soul and spirit; the barrier’s of my past. I had to realize that there will always be temptation, in my life. I know that Satan will never stop trying to lure me into his trap of destruction. It’s up to me now to do the will of the Lord in order for me to stay on this side of the battlefield.

I have shed many tears and endured heartaches and pain. I have suffered in this battle of life only to come out standing firm and staying suited up with my Armor of the Lord awaiting the next temptation/battle, and it is not easy!

There will always be trails and tribulations in our lives until we die, but God is able. We only have to make up our own minds which side of the battlefield we will stand on.

I would like to apologize to all the people I may have hurt while I was walking the path of destruction. To my children, I’m so sorry that Mama put you through that life. I would also like to say to my ex-husband, James that I forgive you for all the hurt and pain you caused me.

I released it all and I thank you for being part of my strength today; I will continue to pray for you.

I thank my Heavenly Father for Life, for the Battle of my Life and even more for helping me get to the other side of this Battlefield.

We all need to know that we have choices in our lives. You can stay in the situation that you’re in or you can remove yourself from people, places and things.

It is your choice of which way your life is going to continue in this race of what we call life.

I’ve told you my story of how I overcame the trials and tribulations of Abuse, Alcohol, Drugs and the Barriers of my Past.

If I can make it, you can to! Remember it’s your life; it’s your choice. The question is will you make the right decision and make it to the other side of this Battlefield?

I will pray that you do, I made it, so can you.


  1. madelyn wolfe says:

    i am very proud of you . may god richly give his blessing to you and family. i am a survivor of domestic abuse. you can truly overcome if you put your trust in god and move on.

  2. Cristal V. Driscoll says:

    Reading this, I became touched and emotional. This story certainly hit home. It may not have been my life in every aspect or detail, but what all I do not go through I have witness a close friend or family member experience. I am eager to read the book. In fact, I will like to know where I can obtain it.

    This book, I know will serve as a great benefit for me. In fact, my childhood friend and I are in the starting process of developing a domestic violence outreach and prevention non-profit organization in Mobile, Alabama. While discussing some of the details of my organization, A lady named Ruby told me about Debra and her book. Therefore, I went online and research. Here I am. I am eager and excited to read the book; therefore, any body who knows where I can purchase it -email me.

    Cristal Driscoll

  3. michele mcknight says:

    i too am a survivor of d.v. and have chosen to write my story in the form of my memoirs, not for myself but to give back and reach out to my sisters and offer a glimmer of hope and strength. I also work daily with d.v. victims and love it. thank you for sharing your story it was beautiful and thank you for your courage which shines thru for a new begininng for not only you but hopefully all that read and truly listen to our stories, God bless always,Michele

  4. Briana Bollard says:

    This Book Is So Inspiring! I Really Enjoy Reading It. To Read The Life Story Of Another Person Was Very Interesting. The Things And Amount Of Pain And Fear You Had Was Unbelievable I Have Never Known A Person To Go Thru So Much At Such A Young Age. You Are A Very Strong Woman To Survive What You Been Thru. I Am 17 By The Way I Have Been Telling Alot Of My Classmates And Friends Outside School To Read Your Life Story ! It Would Be A Pleasure To Meet You One Day !

  5. I seen you in person today in Mobile Ala ….you have really touched me I really wanted to talk to you.

  6. william smith says:

    GOOD JOB LADIES KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM TOUCHED BY HOW STRONG YOU ARE!

Speak Your Mind