Najaway, a Navajo woman, survived 20
years of domestic violence at the hands of two
husbands—one Native, one non-Native. Now in her early 50s, she still can’t get
the nightmare out of her head.
“I remember my daughter looking at me after I was beat down and
covered with bruises, saying, ‘Mom, you should go away and not come back,
because Dad might kill you,’” Najaway recalls. “She was all of six years of