Domestic violence survivors talk about life after abuse

Photo Credit: AP Images
Photo Credit: AP Images


YAZOO COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – People in Yazoo County gathered to hold a parade and seminar to mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Congressman Bennie Thompson joined the district attorney and several victims’ rights organizations to raise awareness on the issue

“He was like well before I let you go, I’ll kill you and I just sold my soul to Satan.”

Domestic violence survivors took to the steps of the Yazoo County Courthouse to share heartbreaking stories of their near death experiences.

“I was left for dead. I was hit in the head with a 357 Magnum. My ten-year-old at the time, came in and she found me laying in a pool of blood,” said Velisa Walker, a domestic violence survivor.

It’s taken Velisa Walker 20 years to feel comfortable enough to share her story of triumph.

“The biggest misconception is that it won’t happen to me.”

And that’s exactly what Yolanda Evans thought… until it did.

“He beat us with iron; he burnt my hair out, he stabbed me with a knife,” said Evans.

Evans and her 15-year-old daughter were the victims of a brutal attack by a man she thought loved her.

“He ended up to make a long story short, kidnapping us. When he kidnapped us he, had recently bought us some clothes; so in the point of buying her some clothes, he ended up raping my daughter for the clothes that he had purchased for her,” said Evans.

Five years ago she created Heavenly Help to help anyone in an abusive relationship.

And for years she’s been sharing her message to anyone and everyone.

“If he hit you, if he push on you, that is abuse, get out. Don’t wait until he pull a knife or a gun on you. It’s not that serious, I would rather my heart to hurt a little while rather than my family to hurt for the rest of their lives because I’m nine feet under,” said Evans.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship you can get help.

Contact Stewpot Sims House at (601) 948 – 2795 or Mississippi Coalition at (601) 981 – 9196.

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