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      Speak out about domestic violence

      The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault each year. It states one in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

      Every year, the month of October increases awareness about the abuse in an effort reach thousands of victims across the nation.

      "The reason it's significant to me as a survivor is it's putting a spotlight on this issue," says Caring House Director, Cheryl O'Neil.

      Cheryl will use this month to help spread the word that domestic violence is an everyday occurrence. Her agency, The Caring House in Iron Mountain, helps over 500 women every year. Cheryl explains that number is increasing and "more and more resources are depleting for survivors."

      A victim at The Caring House, who preferred to remain anonymous, fearing her abusive ex-fiancà might see this story, feels this month of empowerment is a reminder of her strength to break free, and she encourages others to do the same. She continued to say "this goes on every single day all over the world."

      She expresses that most victims, including herself, end up in denial. She advises women to put an end to the relationship before it's too late and wants others to "find a way to get out."

      The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), conducts a survey of the nation's domestic violence programs. This year's survey reflects that each day, three women die due to domestic violence.

      This past year in Wisconsin, 40 women died from domestic violence including a Wausaukee woman, Ann Schueller, who was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend last month.

      This victim believes she was lucky to escape the abuse and hopes the increased awareness during this month will empower those facing domestic violence to break the vicious cycle.

      "It's not worth your time, it's not worth the heartache," the victim explains. "It's not worth the pain and the suffering that you put yourself through."