October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Abuse isn't only when someone hits another person. It can be mental, or emotional as well. We spoke with Tammy Rodgers, a Volunteer Educator for the Domestic Violence Service Center in Carbon County. "You might think, oh well we're a small community, we don't have, domestic violence doesn't go on here, however every single person knows a victim of domestic violence whether you know it or not."
We also had a chance to speak with someone who was in an abusive relationship for years.she says it started when she was 23 "I met a man that I pretty much stayed at home and raised the kids, took care of the house, he was never there. The fighting started, then the abuse started...She tells us the abuse got worse."
She filed a PFA, or protection from abuse, and eventually had to call the cops to get her abuser put in jail. "I was afraid, anxious, it impacted me with everything. I felt guilty not being able to take care of the kids properly."
We're told her friends and family were supportive, but it didn't matter. "Unfortunately I walked around for years with my head down, afraid of everybody, everything, didn't like to talk
.After years of being in an abusive relationship, and even attempting suicide, this domestic violence survivor hasn't seen or heard from her abuser in two years. "My confidence is grown, was able to support 3 children on my own. I have a very good job working for the government, so i feel very protected that way also."
If you're in an abusive relationship, this domestic violence survivor has a message for you. "Don't stay in anything that lowers your self esteem, makes you feel bad about yourself. Happiness, happiness is so important in a relationship."
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can find help by reaching out to the domestic violence service center or calling the 24/7 hotline.