One woman is trying to spread awareness about domestic violence through social media. Chelsea Trailer recently started a Facebook Page, Domestic Abuse Awareness in Acadiana. She began the page after hearing the tragic news concerning the death of her close friend, Gabrielle Spencer. Spencer was beaten to death, allegedly by her boyfriend Adam Batiste. Trailer believes, if Batiste is guilty, there may have been a history of violence.
"Initially, I started it because of what happened with Gabby. It just made me really sad, cause it made me wonder, why didn't I see it? Why couldn't I see the signs?"
Trailer said she understands the secrecy behind domestic violence.
"I was a victim. Me and my boyfriend were together for three and a half year. It started off small, pushes and shoves, verbal mostly. Second year, a little bit harder. Third year, came a little bit more aggressive, a little more bold with things. Black eyes, things I couldn't hide," she explained.
Crystal Scrantz, program director for Faith House, said most women will stay in violent relationships, for fear of the unknown and the hope that the situation will change.
"If I love him enough, " Scrantz began, " or if I help him through these hard times, things will get better."
When asked how many times in her personal career she saw a situation that "changed" over time, Scrantz replied, "Never."
Most often, according to Scrantz, a violent relationship will end once the victim reaches their breaking point. For Trailer, she says she left after fearing for her life.
"We had an argument. Something petty, and he put his hands around my throat. I was scared. I felt lost. I wondered, why am I allowing this to happen?"
She said since she left the relationship, she is happier than ever.
"My mom made a point. She said, 'as long as you were with him, you didn't sing. He took your song.' Well, now I have my song back."
Trailer hopes the page will help women speak up about their abuse, before it's too late.
"It only takes one time for someone to hit you harder than they meant to."
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