Survivor spreads awareness of domestic violence
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Many across the globe are ‘taking a stand’ to remind people that there are many victims and survivors impacted by domestic violence. One survivor says it was a long journey but she made it through.
“Get out when you can. Go to your local ER, call 911, tell somebody,” says Tina who is a survivor.
Tina is a victim of domestic violence. She was in an abusive relationship for many years and now she’s spreading the message– if you’re in a violent relationship, get out before it’s too late.
“They will say sorry, it won’t happen again, forgive me, can’t even be emotional, that doesn’t last. Once they do it, they’re going to always do that to you,” Tina says.
The nightmare, what Tina calls it, caused her so much pain physically and mentally.
“I have had my ribs broken, collar bone, slapped, broken eyes, black eyes and name calling,” Tina adds.
Though she’s gone through so much, Tina remembers the best decision she ever made.
She says, “Just leaving and knowing that I am never going back to that.”
Advocates recommend leaving and seeking help from organizations like crisis line and safe house before the abuse get worse.
Executive Director Dee Sims says, “Too late can sometimes mean death, and that is the last thing that we want to see and we want to help people move out of violent relationships to a situation where they are self sufficient that they can provide for themselves and live a violence free life.”
Tina says she reads her bible every day and relies on prayer for relief. She now lives in a safe house where she can restore her life and financial well-being.
Shelter Director Suzanne Palmer says, “With her coming into our facility, it’s the first time that she feels she made a final cut with her abuser which is huge and we’re all just proud of her and it’s been a lot of fun for us to watch her grow.”
Tina plans to continue her mission to educate and stay strong through it all.
“Tell somebody and that GOD will move for you and I know that because where I’m at today,” Tina adds.
If you are being abused, call the crisis hotline to get help or shelter. the number is (478) 745-9292.