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October 1, 2004

Thomasville - Every year, victims of domestic violence are emotionally or physically scarred, sometimes even killed. "I figured if this man hit me, he loved me. He said he loved me, he said he was sorry," says Jennell Norris. For 9 years, she was in an abusive relationship.

"It's like a nightmare," she says, "I experienced the worst that anyone could possibly go through." Norris was verbally and physically abused. Her mouth wired shut for two years due to an injury she thought she deserved.

She says, "They have you thinking you're no one, you're self-esteem is gone. No one's going to help you, no one loves you, you're ugly. They really actually have you thinking this." But finally, she is free from the bondage of abuse. "Today that chain has been broken, I am a survivor of abuse. I am a survivor," says Norris.

Now she wants other women to know they can not only survive abuse, they can get out of it. Norris says, "Once they start verbal abuse, then it's time to make that phone call." A phone call to a domestic abuse shelter like Halcyon Home. A place that continues to give Jennell the help she and other victims of abuse need.

Norris says, "I am somebody. I am somebody today. I am somebody." Somebody who is no longer bound to abuse.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and need help, you can contact the Halcyon Home toll free at 1-800-284-9980.

posted at 3:43 PM by karen.collier@walb.com