Supporting a loved one experiencing domestic violence

CHARLOTTE — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but it’s an issue Channel 9 covers year round.

You often hear stories of victims, and we always share resources if you or someone you know is being hurt.

Channel 9′s Madison Carter spoke to a domestic violence survivor about her experience. She said she wouldn’t be a survivor if it weren’t for her support system.

“I started out by saying, ‘I’m not a perfect person.’ And he replied, ‘I have a feeling whatever you’re about to tell me has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a perfect person,’” Audra Toussaint said.

>> In the video at top of the page, Channel 9′s Madison Carter shares tools to better support a loved one experiencing intimate partner violence.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a domestic violence unit specially formulated to help protect victims from their abusers when you’re ready to take that step. Click here to learn more.

And if you’re in a domestic violence situation or you know someone who is, there’s help. Call 980-771-HOPE.

(WATCH BELOW: Domestic violence advocates say there is help for victims)

Madison Carter

Madison Carter, wsoctv.com

Madison is an investigative reporter and anchor for Channel 9.

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