Domestic Violence: A Survivor's Story

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

The survivor of an abusive relationship is sharing her story in observance of national Domestic Violence Awareness month this October.

"And the last six weeks of our relationship, our marriage, he totally lost it..." she says. For her safety, we're concealing her identity, so we'll call her Jill.

Jill says by all standards she was a successful woman and never thought she'd be a victim of domestic violence.

When it happened she felt had no control.

"He... became violent.. and so I was in the house unable to get out and there was a lot of abuse," she says.

She says she felt her husband had made it so she couldn't escape their relationship and her entire life was in his hands. She says the hardest part is getting the courage to leave.

That was just a year and a half ago, but now Jill has her power back and has started a new life.

Renee Patterson, a case manager at the Latimer House, says the signs of domestic violence are not limited to bruises and black eyes. It also has to do with confidence. "Just seeing a huge shift inpersonality seeing them happy to unhappy," she says.

Experts say if you're in an abusive situation the best thing to do is ask for help. And if you want to help someone in an abusive relationship, be a friend and listen. If you see an act of domestic violence, call the police.

The Latimer House welcomes any woman or man who is in a violent situation and offers an emergency shelter. Latimer House is located at 1003 Main Street.

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