Domestic violence victim shares survival story - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Domestic violence victim shares survival story

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Car Crash victim withholding information, police say

    Car Crash victim withholding information, police say

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:07:03 GMT
    A car crash victim was not forthcoming in details on a cut that was not related to the crash. (Source: MGNOnline)A car crash victim was not forthcoming in details on a cut that was not related to the crash. (Source: MGNOnline)
    Huntsville Police Department responded to a car crash on I565 at County Line Road on Friday at approximately 2:05 a.m.More >>
    Huntsville Police Department responded to a car crash on I565 at County Line Road on Friday at approximately 2:05 a.m.More >>
  • Mental health facility changes name to combat stigma

    Mental health facility changes name to combat stigma

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-29 03:25:50 GMT
    The Mental Health Center of Madison County is hoping to help more people who need it by changing its own name. The center's leaders say they're afraid stigma attached to mental health care is scaring people away.More >>
    The Mental Health Center of Madison County is hoping to help more people who need it by changing its own name. The center's leaders say they're afraid stigma attached to mental health care is scaring people away.More >>
  • Sears employee hit in head attempting to stop shoplifter

    Sears employee hit in head attempting to stop shoplifter

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-08-29 02:55:12 GMT
    A shoplifting attempt became a strong-arm robbery Thursday night, when police said the thief hit a Sears employee in the head.More >>
    A shoplifting attempt became a strong-arm robbery Thursday night, when police said the thief hit a Sears employee in the head.More >>
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.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.