Jeannine had a storybook childhood growing up, she lived on a farm and even had herself a pet pig she called piggy. She was also a top student in her classes while she was attending Northeast high school.
Jeannine Lawrence was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She grew up in a single-parent home, where her father took care of her and her two older sisters, one being a twin. Jeannine had a storybook childhood growing up, she lived on a farm and even had herself a pet pig she called piggy. She was also a top student in her classes while she was attending Northeast high school.
After graduation she moved out and began "doing her own thing," she met a man that she believed at the to be her soul mate. She would quickly find out that wasn't the case. Jeannine fell in love with an abuser that mentally and physically abused her, day in and day out for 12 years. He single handily destroyed and took everything away from her, family, cars, home, and jobs.
He would continuously antagonize her before she would go to work, tell her she was stupid, or how incompetent she was to complete her. Hearing these words on a daily basis made her believe them, and she eventually got fired due to a high number of unexcused absences at work.
For 12 years, she'd battle with someone she believed loved her. It wasn't until her father made an unexpected visit and saw the conditions that she was living in, that he threatened her husband to leave home immediately, which set her free from that invisible chain that was holding her back.
The aftermath of the relationship caused her to become homeless. For the past four years, Jeannine has been trying to get her life back on track. Working with the Interactive resource center Path team and Michael Pearson at Greensboro Urban Ministry, she plans to be moving into an apartment by the end of May.
Jeannine had the opportunity to have her story told on myfox8. After the episode aired, we received a call from a dentistry in Troy, North Carolina, wanting to replace Jeannine's missing front tooth at no cost!!! Jeannine lost her tooth due to the abusive relationship she was in.