"I Will Not Live In Fear..."

Women's Center For Advancement:

(402) 345-6555

A domestic violence survivor speaks out on seven years of abuse. How she escaped and is helping others.

"He came at me and said you have 15 minutes to live. Scream. I dare you. And all I could think was I was going to die." said Pam Epperson.

Pam is a survivor. Two years ago, she left a man she says abused her for seven years and tried to kill her twice.

"There was choking, Mother's Day 2010. I had a knife pulled on me in 2009." said Pam.

Pam says in her case it was all about control. Her boyfriend wouldn't let her mow the yard and didn't want her to go outside. He didn't want other men to be able to look at her.

"I tell everybody you can heal from physical wounds. It's the gash from the verbal and emotional wounds that take the longest." said Pam.

In her case, she had both.

"Brusies, basically a black eye. Bruises on my shoulder."

After seven years, Pam says she finally got the courage to leave.

"It was me hearing the words from my girlfriend, "I'm don't want to come to your funeral." meaning...he's going to kill you."

Pam now volunteers for the Women's Center for Advancement, or WCA. Justine O'Neill-Hedlund, with the WCA, says the agency has seen an increase in victims this year.

"Since January 2013, we've seen more than 3300 calls come through our hotline and we've served more than 9,000 individuals." said Hedlund.

Pam works with some of these victims-each Monday night. She opens up about her abuse to others in a support group.

"I'm telling my story, maybe, just maybe there's women who will say I can do this, too." said Pam.

The WCA provides confidential support 24/7 to victims of domestic violence/sexual assault.

They provide:

Safety Planning
Emergency Transportation
Community Resources
Protection Orders, shelter, hearings/trial assistance
Legal Services
Crisis Counseling

The hotline is city-wide, 24/7.

English Crisis Hotline: 402.345.7273
Spanish Crisis Hotline: 402.672.7118

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