Domestic violence awareness month

Published: Oct. 18, 2016 at 6:13 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- "I've had about a ten year struggle with it, it started back in 2006 which everything was perfectly fine when we first got together its pretty good," says Lea Hill.

Lea Hill is a domestic violence survivor. She says her life was like a fairy tale until her ex husband began assaulting her little by little.

"He barricaded the kids and I into a bedroom and was threatening to kill us with a hatchet, it was, a pretty horrific ordeal," says Hill.

"Any type of relationship too, they don't have to be married. It can be sister brother, mom and daughter, dad and son, any type of domestic relationship is domestic violence," says Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma Victim's Advocate Lena Mosley.

The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma wants people to know they're here to help.

"We just want the victims and the family and friends to know that we are here for support," says Mosley.

"Last year we serviced, you know over 200 in shelter and out of shelter, but we took over 400 crisis calls. Statistically it takes seven times for a victim to leave a situation,"- Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma Victim's Advocate Dee Dee Hunter.

Hunter says they've seen an increase in crisis calls this year. She says one out of every four victims ends up being killed.

"We really honestly shouldn't be alive, we shouldn't be," says Hill.

Hill hopes sharing her story helps others.

"But words stick to people and they really hurt, and when you call someone a name, over and over and over they're going to believe it eventually," says Hill.

At 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, the Family Shelter will be at the Central Park in Ardmore to answer questions for those in need.

The 24 hour crisis line for the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma: (580) 226- 6424