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Meeting held to raise domestic violence awareness

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There was a message of hope for the victims of domestic violence Thursday night.

Experts say three things can happen in a violent domestic relationship: the abuser stops, the victim leaves the relationship, or someone dies.

Prenisa Richard-Hall is a survivor of domestic violence. She's the founder of Red Roses Ministry for battered and abused women and children in Crystal Springs.

Richard-Hall says victims may be locked down but they are not locked out.

"You're bound by the situation when you can't talk about it. Talk about it, it's not your fault and there is, once again, hope," said Richard-Hall.

October is domestic violence awareness month.

The local chapter of 'Dress for Success' women's group held a meeting to view telling "Amy's Story," a documentary chronicling the life and murder of domestic abuse victim Amy McGee.

 The meeting was an effort to draw attention to, what they call, an epidemic.

"We experience it every day. We see the signs and sometimes we don't recognize the signs. So, like I said, we're here to bring all of those things to light and let our victims know that there is help out there for them," said Angela Tornes with 'Dress for Success.'

Many organizations offer help for domestic violence in the metro area. The Mississippi Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233.

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