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Domestic Violence Victim Uses Experiences to Make a Difference

A domestic violence survivor using her past to change the future.
I wanna be able to speak up for those people, because every day women and men are dying from domestic violence.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Since 1987, one month of the year has been dedicated to domestic violence awareness. 

This October, Laura Webb is hoping to use her past to help change the future for others.

In 2012, Webb was left fighting for her life.

"My husband assaulted me with a vehicle," she said. "He backed over me with a vehicle, then he drove back over me, and left the scene of the accident."

Webb suffered a collapsed lung and required reconstructive surgery.  She spent two weeks in the intensive care unit. 

Despite her near-death experience, Webb is looking for ways to help.  She has contacted nearly three dozen Arkansas lawmakers hoping to find a way to update the Natural State's way of giving information on the Internet.

"I have reached out to around 35, and there seems to be at least 10 to 15 interested," she said.

"It's (web information) spread out among five or six different pages and agencies," Webb said. "In other states such as Conneticut, Minnesota, and Texas, it's all on the Attorney General's website, and we don't have that here."

It's a lot to take on, but she remains optimistic.

"I believe without a doubt that Arkansas legislators are going to step up and make a difference," she said.

Webb never thought she would be a voice for victims, but she won't let this opportunity pass her by.

"I wanna be able to speak up for those people, because every day women and men are dying from domestic violence," Webb said.

For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, click here.
 
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