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Local organization offers domestic violence support

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Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of death to women, even ranking higher than car accidents. Despite the grim statistics, it's not always easy to leave.

Every 9 seconds someone beats a woman. At least three women a day throughout the United States are murdered by their partner. 

Frances Smith known as "The Candy Lady" for giving away treats in the neighborhood was shot to death in Emma Wheeler Homes last weekend. Police believe her boyfriend 31-year-old Cashman Perkins pulled the trigger. 

Dr. Charlotte Boatwright and Smith's mother have a lot in common. Their daughters were both victims of domestic violence.  

Doris Smith says she had no idea her daughter was in an abusive relationship. The Coalition Against Domestic and Community violence of Greater Chattanooga’s co-founder says many victims are too embarrassed to ask for help or don’t even realize they are in an abusive relationship.

Dr. Boatwright recommends anyone worried about abuse to tell a friend, family member, or a 24/7 support line.

The Chattanooga free support hotline is 423-857-0120, for more information click here.

Read More | UPDATE: Vigil set for Thursday for 'candy lady'
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