Nov 8, 2010 10:19 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Domestic violence survivor: "Break your silence."

Shannon suffered name calling, put downs, broken bones and internal injuries for 15 years. She is a survivor of domestic violence. She says at year 12, when her abuser was threatening her children, she decided to find help.
She found TESSA, a non-profit group in Colorado Springs dedicated to help victims of domestic violence.
"I think you always have that little voice inside of you that says it's a bad situation, and you never believe it is going to get worse until it actually does," explains Shannon. News First 5 is omitting Shannon's last name to protect her identity.
TESSA helped her get information and gain the confidence to take the steps necessary to become a victor and not a victim of domestic violence.
"I have my life back. Very much so, and it's all mine," rejoices Shannon.
Shannon wears a purple ribbon on her shirt as much as she can to raise awareness of domestic violence. TESSA estimates 40 percent of homicides in El Paso County are results of domestic violence incidents.
"Be strong. Believe in yourself and just know that you can change the situation," says Shannon. "Break the silence.  Break your silence.  Tell someone."

TESSA Crisis hotline: (719) 633-3819

TESSA Kids helpline: (719) 243-7818



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