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A Southwest Missouri woman works to create a domestic abuse shelter in Lamar

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Amanda martin stands before her dream: a white house.  

But it's not what you may think.

Martin hopes the house will be a domestic abuse shelter one day.

"I had gotten abused two and a half years ago and the ideas have come about and it's kind of been a passion of mine."

A survivor of physical, verbal and psychological abuse from her former boyfriend, martin says her experience almost cost her life.

"I was very suicidal," she said. "I cried all the time. I didn't know what to think, I didn't know how to get out of it, I didn't know who to turn to for help."

In both the city of Lamar and in Barton County, there are no domestic abuse shelters. Martin says this was a huge challenge for her when she was going through her abusive relationship.

"I would have been able to get out of that relationship a lot sooner if I had something closer, because I didn't have a vehicle." 

"If there was something close, something local, that was ministry supported, that they had a way out of those situations," said Missouri State Representative Mike Kelley.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were more than 200 incidents of domestic violence accounted for in Barton County, Missouri in 2012.  

On the national scale, the Centers for Disease Control states 22 percent of women have fallen victim to severe physical violence by an intimate partner, while 14 percent of men have.

Now Martin is on a mission to change this, meeting with city, county and state officials and  local ministries.

"The last thing I want to picture if that there are women in our community that are in relationships where they are being physically abused, sexually abused and that  and they have no way out," said Kelley.

Martin hopes to raise enough funds to give the city of Lamar and Barton County a place of safety and education to stop the domestic abuse cycle.

"I just don't want anybody to ever have to go through what I went through."


Martin did find help from the Moss House in Nevada, Missouri. She says she learned a lot from that staff for her own project, which she calls The Tulip Garden.


To learn more, visit The Tulip Garden.





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