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      A tale of courage: Survivor speaks of domestic violence

      For your Facebook Friday story, we looked into domestic violence, a growing problem with sometimes deadly outcomes. A survivor we spoke with wanted to remain anonymous, but her story is that of bravery and courage and simply needs to be told in hopes of saving others.

      "He's not going to stop until he kills you," said our survivor, tearfully. "And I'm very thankful that I got out."

      Our survivor says she saw the signs, and much like other women, she stayed, until a very violent night changed everything.

      "He slammed me into the wall, and I had hit the back of my head, and I was covered in blood," she said.

      Then she fought back, leaving her abusive marriage five years ago and getting the help of the Women's Center in Marquette. Even though the bruises are now gone, the emotional scars linger. Facebook fan Brenda Lee Johnson writes, "As a survivor, it has made it difficult to trust others and to move forward without constant fear."

      Officials say one in four women is a victim of domestic abuse, and just last year the center's hotline received more than 3,000 calls for help.

      "Anything we go through in life, it's always good to have somebody to help you," said Diane Betts, a housing resource specialist at the center.

      Experts say the signs can be clear: anger, possession and isolation. Red flags for what follows.

      "Anyone that feels afraid of someone, threatened by someone, intimidated by someone, they just don't feel safe. There's something wrong, and they need help," Betts said.

      And with their help, this woman now calls herself happy and deserving. She enrolled in college and slowly but surely, is standing on her own feet.

      "I'm excited," she added. "Who would've thought, holy cow I survived this!"

      Men can also be victims of domestic violence, however, it is more prevalent in women. The survivor and all of the employees at the center say it's never too late to fight back. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, there is help.

      Women's Center: 1310 S. Front St., Marquette. Contact: (906) 225-1346

      Harbor House: 245 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette. Contact: (906) 226-6611 or 1-800-455-6611 from Alger County, to access the 24/7 crisis line

      Women's Center Alger County Office: 101 Court St., Munising. Contact: (906) 387-4554