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Former domestic violence victim opens up about tragedy

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A Bartlett woman is hoping her story of survival will help other people trapped in violent relationships find a way out. She's speaking out about the abuse she endured nearly a decade after her marriage ended in tragedy.

Twenty five years of marriage were also 25 years Bobbi Lovell says she spent in an abusive relationship.

Those were years that ended tragically. Lovell is now using her past experiences to speak out and raise money for families who may be dealing with abuse.

In 2007, Lovell said she and her son were held hostage by her husband Alan Lovell.

"We weren't able to leave the house. He was always there watching somewhere," said Lovell.

Swat team members, and frantic 911 calls, ended what Lovell said was weeks of being watched by her husband.

In the 911 calls, released shortly after the incident, you can hear her son describe some of what happened.

"He held us hostage."
"Who did?"
"My dad."

Lovell was able to get control of the gun from her husband, and shot and killed Alan Lovell.

By using her own experiences, she hopes she can help others. Later this month she will host the first annual behind closed doors dice run. It's a benefit to raise money to help victims leave their abuser.

The event will kick off from Robilio’s Sidecar Café.

"I'm hoping this will get in the right hands and help someone that is in my situation as well," said Lovell.

Registration is $20 per bike with $10 for each rider. Cash prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place.

For more information, you can click here.

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