One of many candlelight vigils for domestic violence victims this month

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WBKO) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. BRASS (Barren River Area Safe Space) is a program that provides shelter and services for domestic violence victims in south central Kentucky. Wednesday evening they hosted one of many candlelight vigils this month.

"I remember being punched in the face so many times, that I couldn't feel it no more," says Tiffany Bowles, Domestic Violence Survivor​.

Bowles spent years witnessing a violent relationship.

"I grew up watching my mom get abused. I watched her get slammed through doors," says Bowles.

She never imagined she would also find herself in one down the road.

"I never thought growing up that I would be in a domestic violence relationship because of what I went through when I was a child," explains Bowles.

She says she felt lost, hurt and confused for far too long.

"I was really beaten, battered, I thought nobody loved me," says Bowles, reflecting on why it took her so long to get out.

It wasn't until her partner was in jail, when she realized there was a way out.

"After I found myself, I mean now I'm strong today and I got the courage to tell my story," says Bowles. "You never know, that could be your life. i mean I pretty well could have lost mine."

She says she was able to recover through the support of the community. For example, what took place on Wednesday evening in Glasgow. The candlelight vigil in Barren County recognized regional survivors, victims and those who lost their lives too soon to domestic violence.

Bowles has found the ultimate support system through BRASS.

"There are people out here that can help you or people that will support you," says Bowles.

She also has support within her family.

"I'm proud of her and what she's been through and accomplishments that she's making now as a mother and a young lady," says Jerry Frazier, Bowles' step father.

Becoming a domestic violent victim can happen to absolutely anybody.

"It doesn't matter what socioeconomic class, how much education you've got, what color your skin is, it's just purely the misfortune of being in a relationship with someone who wants power and control so badly," says Ava McBride, Outreach Advocate, BRASS.

There will be a candlelight vigil at the Justice Center in Allen County at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. BRASS says they are always seeking volunteers and donors, but the most important thing is raising awareness.



 
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