Domestic violence survivor starts group to help other victims

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A non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse in Maury County is holding a fundraiser to raise money to open a new shelter.

For the last several years, Tennessee has been ranked in the top five worst states for cases of domestic violence.

The statistic is one reason Mary Fox started Violence to Victory, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse.

Fox is a survivor of a physical and verbal abuse herself.

“When you do walk away [from an abusive relationship] you watch your back because my husband found me after a month and he stabbed me,” Fox told Nashville's News 2, adding, “I almost died that night.”

After leaving her husband, Fox moved from Michigan to Spring Hill in 2012.

Since then, she has worked to raise awareness of domestic violence.

“This is part of me that I want to share with somebody else out there I want to help other people,” she said.

Fox has been working to build the non-profit group.

She continued, “My main goal is to get this group going, get us a Web site, get us our 501(c)(3) and get us our house because Maury County needs another house, and they need another shelter.”

Fox's biggest plan is to open a shelter in Spring Hill.

Currently, the only facility Maury County has is the Hope House in Columbia.

Fox added, “When [Hope House is] at capacity we need another house, we need another building where we can take people.”

On August 4, the group will host a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Ember's Tavern & Grill in Columbia.

For more information, visit the group's Facebook page.

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