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Safe Nest Helps Woman Escape Abusive Relationship

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LAS VEGAS - A near-death experience convinced Bernadette to seek an escape from the abusive relationship she endured for 24 years.

"I needed some kind of counseling and assistance after my abuser tried to kill me twice in one night," she said.

Bernadette says that abuse came at the hands of her ex husband - a former police officer who became abusive and strangled her. He was convicted of attempted murder.

She found the help she needed at Safe Nest.

"The encouragement and the understanding and support of these people here made me realize it's okay, that I didn't need to stay in that situation, that I would prevail, and I did," she said.

Safe Nest has been helping women, teens and children in southern Nevada for more than 35 years. An estimated 50,000 individuals in domestic violence situations benefit from Safe Nest's free services each year.

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The charity specializes in counseling, shelter, advocacy and prevention.

"We also offer batterers intervention for individuals who do have domestic violence issues and want to make that change," said Safe Nest spokesperson Lisa Lynn Chapman.

Chapman says domestic violence doesn't just affect adults like Bernadette.

"We are starting to see a big increase in adolescent relationship violence. We are getting into the outreach, working with kids and doing preventative work. It is something we would love to be able to do with more funds," she said.

As southern Nevada residents look to make charitable donations before the end of the year, Safe Nest representatives hope they consider donating to the shelter. That donation could help save the life of people like Bernadette.

"My life is great. I'm no longer a victim. I'm a survivor," she said.

Safe Nest representatives say a $25 donation pays for one session of counseling. A $300-$500 donation enables a family of three to stay one night at the shelter.

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