LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The average woman will go back to her abuser seven times before she leaves a domestic situation. Angela Simmons, 49, is sharing her story in hopes to help lower that number. Simmons said getting out of an abusive relationship saved her life.
"He was screaming and yelling, 'You're going to kill me. I'm bleeding," and he said, 'You're going to die this time,'" Simmons said.
Simmons said that was on the moment she knew she had to leave. She was involved in an abusive relationship for five years and said their relationship wasn't always that way.
"It started out as a friendship, a good friendship, someone I could trust," Simmons said.
After her partner gained her trust and love things began to change.
"After that then it was the controlling part, then the violence began to happen," Simmons said.
She recalled her ex coming home drunk and attacking her for nearly 30 minutes after she refused to give him her keys.
"I could feel the pressure on my neck and myself losing my breathing," Simmons said. "I started thinking whether to do something or, 'This is it, I'm going to die.'"
Simmons knew she had to make a life-changing decision when the abuse happened in front of her sons.
"The thought of not being able to see my children grow up, I knew I had to find an exit, out of the relationship," Simmons said.
Simmons moved to a center outside of Lufkin with her kids and never looked back. She now encourages others in similar situations to do the same.
"Most of the time it's important that you don't tell them that you're leaving; just have an exit plan," she said.
At the center, Simmons met women and shared her story of survival, and she said that helped her not feel alone.
"I'm blessed to make it out because a lot of them don't make it out," Simmons said.
Simmons said she wants to create a ministry for women who suffer from domestic violence in hopes that she can save the lives of others.