There is help for abuse victims

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock July 3, 2007

AUGUSTA, GA-- Abusive relationships have been in the news often lately. In the recent cases, men are accused of killing their wives or girlfriends.

This week 49 year old Marcia Woods of Augusta became the latest victim. She was shot to death by a former boyfriend, according to Richmond County investigators.

News 12 talked with a local woman who has made it her mission to help women end the abuse cycle before it is too late.

Kay Mixon is with the Cumbee Center in Aiken. Over the past 20 years she has seen battered spouses and broken spirits. Mixon says that anyone can be a victim...and that there are several misconceptions about who the victims really are.

“The oldest client we’ve had in the shelter was 92 year old. She had been beaten by her alcoholic husband,” Mixon says.

Stories like that one and the fact that South Carolina ranks number six in the nation for domestic violence keep Mixon motivated and busy.

The American Institute of Domestic Violence says up to 95 percent of domestic violence victims are female. If you are a victim or know someone who is you can call 1-800-799-7233 for help.

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  • by Melanie Location: Colmbia County on Jul 8, 2007 at 08:02 PM
  • by Jeri Location: Aiken, SC on Jul 8, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    I worked with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and neglect. The laws aren't tough enough and the politicians don't emphasize the importance of this issue. It touches most everyone's life, but we don't know it because it's kept a secret. "We are only as sick as the secrets we keep." If it continues to be a secret, these crimes will continue to escalate. Each of us has a responsibility to get these issues out in the open and to be pro active by voting for politicians that want to highlight these topics instead of ignoring them.
  • by ciara Location: harlem on Jul 7, 2007 at 04:44 PM
    Im glad someone is trying to help. This should be everyones mission. :)
  • by Vonda Location: Augusta on Jul 5, 2007 at 02:05 PM
    I am trying to understand, is killing somebody so important to go to jail or hell for, Men do this for control but ask yourself is it worth it at the end. learn to walk away. It takes a man to walk away then put your hands on someone else child. Men who abuse woman and childern are punks and have a problem with there man hood. Women think about it, i know it is hard but is it worth it, think about your childern and remember don't ever let anyone bring you down and make you feel worthless, we are Queens and we are strong. God made us strong that's why he gave us the ability to have childern, cycles and the ability to run a house, a job.. just be strong.. i will pray for that in you.
  • by shannon Location: wrens, ga on Jul 5, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    these women who are in an abusive relationship need the help from their community. unless youve been in their shoes or have seen someone you love being beaten or abused, you have no idea the pain and humiliation these women go through.
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