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Officials Say Abuse Spikes During Holiday Season - Part 2

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Experts say more than four hundred and fifty thousand people will be abused from Thanksgiving until New Years.

One woman who was abused for many years of her life says the abuse isn't always physical.

The location of The Big Sandy Family Abuse Center is kept secret to protect the women who stay there.

Patty has been at the shelter for 3 weeks and she says she met her ex online when she was living in California.

"When he got me here in Kentucky, that's when the abuse started," Patty said.

But the abuser in Patty's life never hit her, he would allegedly abuse her verbally and threaten her life.

"He would get in my face and yell at me. He would call me names, stupid, dumb, I ain't got a brain," Patty said.

Counselors at the Abuse Center say the rate of abuse tends to go up around the holidays.

"Perpetrators seem to become a little more aggressive through the holidays with the use of alcohol," Connie Little said.

Patty says the abuse would be worse when her ex had been drinking and she says she lost her kids because of it.

"I didn't want to admit to abuse at first and that's one of the reasons why the kids got taken because they knew I was being abused," Patty said.

Connie Little says children who are exposed to abuse have a tendency to get into abusive relationships as adults.

"It's very important that they get some counseling and some help, someone to talk to," Little said.

Patty says she is working on her self-esteem issues and hopes to move out of the shelter and get her children back soon.

If you or someone you know is being abused, you can call the Big Sandy Family Abuse Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-649- 6605.

If you don't live in the Big Sandy area, they will help you find the shelter closest to you.


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