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Says victim advocate Elizabeth Bonilla: “An abuser is only abusive towards the victim, he doesn’t go throughout the day beating up his coworkers, or his friends or boss. That show’s there’s a choice. He’s choosing a behavior.”

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Says victim advocate Elizabeth Bonilla: “An abuser is only abusive towards the victim, he doesn’t go throughout the day beating up his coworkers, or his friends or boss. That show’s there’s a choice. He’s choosing a behavior.”

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  • Says Lisa Higginbotham, director of social work for the YWCA Knoxville: “Women have the hope of a relationship, a dream of how they think it should be. They tolerate more so they don’t have to give up that dream.”
  • YWCA transitional housing program director Annette Beebe: “I believe in every single one of these women. They are my heroes.”
  • YWCA business manager Danielle Benson, above, is planning another focus for the non-profit: teenage dating violence education. “Social networking and the Internet play a huge role,” she says.
  • Elizabeth Bonilla, one of the YWCA Victim Advocacy program’s two bilingual advocates.
  • Jayne McGowan escaped an abusive relationship and found help and shelter through the Family Justice Center and the YWCA Transitional Housing Program.
  • Says victim advocate Elizabeth Bonilla: “An abuser is only abusive towards the victim, he doesn’t go throughout the day beating up his coworkers, or his friends or boss. That show’s there’s a choice. He’s choosing a behavior.”
  • The YWCA of Knoxville’s Victim Advocacy Program offers support groups for victims of domestic violence, individual advocacy, and safety planning. Its 24-hour local crisis line is 865-521-6336
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  • YWCA of Knoxville downtown.

YWCA of Knoxville shelters survivors of domestic violence for up to a year, as well as help through its Victim Advocacy Program.

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