Breaking free from domestic violence

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men face physical violence, sexual violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.

Mary Foley with the Merryman House, a center for domestic violence victims to get help, says this abuse “impacts such as injury, fearfulness, posttraumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases.” She adds says domestic violence victims include your neighbors, your friends, and your loved ones.

Behind closed doors, many of these women are being held hostage.

You often ask the question: “why don’t they leave?” Foley says the questions needs to be reworded to “what was in the way of their escape?”

We sit down with four women who were stuck. Their boyfriends would take door knobs off doors, create traps, watch them at all hours, threaten their lives if they were to try to leave. They were brainwashed.

Now they are free and speaking out to reach out to those still in captivity to say “go.” We will hear their stories on Thursday.

If you or someone you know is being abused, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. For more information on how you can help, click here.

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