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We all know an Amy.  Make it stop.  Learn how Oct. 28.

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Nearly one in four women are beaten or raped by a partner during adulthood, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The stats are alarming. This film sticks with you, an hour of your time and on your brain for awhile. Watch it, you won't be sorry...you'll need tissues, I'll warn you now. It may turn out that you recognize the signs of domestic violence in someone you love, work with or even a random acquaintance. And, if you know someone suffering in a violent situation, let them know about Amy. Listen to her story as told by the Detective who worked her case. Watch the timeline on the screen to see the points where things could have gone a different way for her.

Telling Amy's Story airs Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., immediately followed by a live domestic violence crisis hotline at 8 p.m. Telling Amy's Story chronicles the tragic death of Amy Homan McGee, a domestic violence victim, mother of two and former Verizon employee who was shot and killed by her husband.

So October is domestic violence awareness month. Check out what happens all year, not just this month:

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.
In the past 10 years, Arkansas has had an average ranking of ninth nationally for domestic homicides per capita.In 2001, Arkansas ranked #1 in the nation for domestic violence-related deaths among African-American women

When discussing this film with others, the question often comes up Why dont they just leave? And I want to scream. I actually do in my head, it kinda stings. It's not that simple. It's quite complicated, involved, desperate, thoughtful. It can take years, and it hurts. Abuse comes in all shapes and sizes. Quiet, emotional abuse over time that wittles you down to someone very, very small inside. Physical abuse that can be seen in neon blue and green. Loud, angry words that cut deep and make us flinch and cower. Bullying. Intimidating. Ultimately, it either has to get so bad that there's no other choice, that the consequences of the decision to leave, change, alter may outweigh the day to day.or someone steps in. It's the stepping in part that AETN and the film is asking you to do. It makes all the difference in the world. A simple question or touch or openness to talk can save a life, start a new life. Find out how. Tune in Oct. 28. Visit www.aetn.org/domesticviolence - learn the signs, find out how to get help, watch the trailer. Offer a hand.