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Domestic violence victim shares survival story

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation and need help, call 211. If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation and need help, call 211.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Domestic violence workers say as shocking as it sounds, it's not uncommon for a victim to go back to the person who abuses them. On average, they say the victim returns at least once and more often than not, the consequences are deadly. 

Sometimes, however, women find the strength to make it out and help others in the process.

Domestic Abuse survivor Sherry said for years she suffered from physical abuse from her then husband. 

"I escaped with my life, the lives of my children, and my car," she said. 

It's been five years and she hasn't looked back. 

"I stayed for three years with the abuse getting progressively worse and worse to the point where my life was threatened on more than one occasion," she said.

Domestic violence is what officials said led to the murder of 49-year-old Stacey Hagood in Laceys Spring Thursday.  Officials said over the years, Hagood took out several protective orders against her husband, Rodney Hagood, but never followed through with them.

Domestic violence advocate Bill Farris said he sees a lot of cases like this in his line of work.

"Almost all the time, the victim goes back at least once," he said. 

The victims' reasons for returning vary, but there is one that advocates hear a lot.

"The one they hear the most often is that they love the guy," Farris said.   

Love wasn't enough for Sherry, who wanted a better life for herself and her children.  

"It took every bit of strength I had in me and a whole lot more that I didn't know I had in me to get out of this situation," she said.   

Now Sherry uses her strength and her experience to encourage and mentor other women.

"It takes strength that you don't know that you have to come through on the other side, but when you do and you look at everything you have been through, you realize there's something in you that got you through this," she said.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation and need help, call 211.

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