JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As people in Jacksonville remember the lives of those lost, WNCT sat down with one woman who survived a violent domestic situation.
Domestic violence survivor Angela Brandenburg says she simply fell in love with who she thought was the man of her dreams.
“At the beginning it was like any relationship, you know nice loving, friendship it was great,” said Brandenburg. “And at the time you don’t realize what’s going on until you look back and then near the end was the actual physical part of it.”
Onslow Women’s Center counselors say they’ve seen over a hundred domestic violence victims in the past year.
They say on average one person dies from an attack each year.
Which doesn’t surprise Angela. She recalls one of her worst memories and says at one point she gave up looking at herself in the mirror.
“I had never been hit that hard and didn’t realize I had bruises on my neck,” said Brandenburg.
Reports from the North Carolina Justice Department show domestic violence deaths are on a decline in our state and that victims aren’t just women.
Angela says after seven years with her abuser, she hopes to turn her life around.
“He passed away in a motorcycle accident, but I surely would still be in the same situation looking over my shoulder. I didn’t dare ask for help or dare let family friends know.”
If you feel like you’ve been a victim of domestic violence you can reach the Onslow Women’s Center at 910-347-4000 or visit them at 226 New Bridge St. in Jacksonville.