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Student celebrates life after domestic violence

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Ellie Shadrick presented her class project about domestic violence at the Partnership Crisis Resource Center and then started to cry. She didn't just read about violence, the 18-year-old Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences senior lived it for 14 years.

"There is help," she said.

The man she knew as dad since age 2 pulled the hair out of her head, dragged her down stairs and threw her against a wall. He called her mother vulgar names, broke her mother's fingers and hit her mother in the head so hard that she has a permanent scar between her eyes.

But Shadrick, her two younger sisters and her mother survived. Now they're telling their story to help others. She shared her story at the Partnership Crisis Center on Friday and made a quilt to encourage others involved in domestic violence that they can get out.

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