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A former anti-violence counselor is getting a chance at redemption.
Tio Hardiman, the former leader of CeaseFire, was facing charges of domestic battery after he allegedly beat his wife in May. On Tuesday, however, Alison Hardiman dropped the charge and order of protection against Tio.
"I love my husband," Ms. Hardiman said in court.
CeaseFire, an organization that works to analyze and solve the problem of violence in areas like Chicago. After Mr. Hardiman's arrest, officials with CeaseFire announced his contract would not be renewed when it expired June 30th.
Hardiman, who said he felt "vindicated" by his wife's decision, hopes to continue to advocate against all forms of violence.
"I don't want to move too quick, I plan to revisit a few things as it relates to my role with CeaseFire and then we'll see what happens from there," he said, added that he isn't sure if he intends to pursue his old job.
A spokeswoman for the University of Illinois at Chicago, the home base of CeaseFire, said Tuesday that the dropped charges do "not change anything with regard to his current employment status."
Alison Hardiman, who declined to comment after the hearing, had also filed for divorce, but asked her attorney to withdrew that filing as well. She claimed in court that she has suffered from multiple strokes, a heart attack, and has a blood clot in her neck.
"The stress on her physically was overwhelming," said Ferdinand Serpe, Hardiman's attorney.
Despite the ordeal, Tio Hardiman said he's "grateful" to his wife and is "concerned about taking care of" her.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times