Domestic Violence Survivor Speaks Out
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the U.S. That's according to Domestic Violence Statistics.
October is the one month each year dedicated to raising awareness about domestic abuse.
"He would get like really extremely angry and we'd have like fights and stuff and then I don't know. I don't even really remember the first time that I was hit or anything,” said the woman, a domestic violence survivor.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
Although this woman wishes to remain anonymous, she wanted to share her story in the hope of helping others.
"I still sometimes ask myself that, if it was so bad why didn't I just drive away? I had a car, I had a family to go away to,” said the woman.
It was a little over four years ago she started a new relationship.
One that at first felt good, but quickly went south.
"It just was all of a sudden that was how he took out his anger whether it was just like throwing me down to the ground or you know shoving my head in a pillow,” said the woman.
The violence eventually climaxed landing her in the hospital.
"I broke my hip and had to have hip surgery just like an old lady or something,” said the woman.
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor Kristi Fowler describes it as an all too common scenario.
"The truth is it wasn't a great relationship, you just didn't see the warning signs for it because they've got to hook you, they've got to get you bought in that you need them. When they feel like they have you, now they can start manipulating you,” said the woman.
The young woman's body has healed, but emotional scars still remain.
"I get mad every time I see my scar. It makes me think of it,” said the woman.
Looking back she still can't believe she let the relationship get to that point.
Her advice to those in similar situations is to talk about it with someone you trust.
Everyday in the U.S. more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
If you or an aquaintance needs help call the Magic Valley Crisis Center at (208) 733-0100 or toll free at 1(800) 882-3236.
For more information log onto www.crisiscenterofmagicvalley.com
Those out of the area can call the Domestic Violence Hotline toll free at 1–800–799–SAFE.