The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that about 20 people are physically abused by a partner every minute. Think about that – 20 people every minute. In a year, that is more than 10 million men and women who are hurt by someone that they are intimate with.
Nationwide, domestic violence hotlines get about 20,000 phone calls each day. In August 2015, Michael Slager set his girlfriend, Judy Malinowski, on fire in Ohio, at a gas station.
She suffered third and fourth-degree burns to 90 percent of her body. Malinowski, 33, and mother of two has spent 16 months in the hospital and has had 52 surgeries.
She still has pain, and some of her wounds won’t heal. In December, Slager pleaded no contest and was given the maximum sentence of 11 years.
Malinowski wanted to go to the trial and looked her attacker in the face and tell him she wasn’t afraid anymore. But because he made the plea, she wasn’t able to do that.
Slager was found guilty of aggravated arson and assault. Malinowski is now speaking out about domestic violence.
She said that she never knew a human being could have so much evil inside.
Her mother, Bonnie Bowes, stated that her daughter wants people to know that verbal abuse will eventually lead to physical abuse.
Anyone who is in trouble right now should call 911.
If you need help and want to remain anonymous call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) – this is The National Domestic Violence hotline, and they have people ready to talk with you 24/7.
Share away, people.