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Top Business Woman Admits to Being a Victim of Abuse to Help Other Women

Columbia, MD, October 30, 2017 --(PR.com)-- Terry Smack, owner of Terry's Tags & Title, is a well
respected and successful business woman and philanthropist in Carroll County. But in a new, short
documentary she's releasing, titled, A Survivor's Story, her community will be surprised to learn that
she is also a long-time victim of domestic abuse.

I suffered for many years in a violent marriage. And even when I was finally able to get out of the
relationship, I still carried the shame, says Smack. You don't even realize it's happening, until it's too late
and I hope that through sharing my story, other women will find the courage to leave as well.

Smack calls it cutting the cord and in her documentary, offers helpful tips to women about signs to
watch for when the relationship has become unhealthy and unsafe.

1. If you have someone that is starting to take control of your life - who you call, what you wear, who
your friends are, where you go - don't let them.
2. They are always trying to isolate you from your family
3. If someone is consistently putting you down - sometimes mental abuse is worse than the physical - but
both have long lasting effects
4. Watch for frequent agitation, followed by seemingly sincere apologies
5. Let the first time someone puts their hands on you be the last time.
6. It's not your fault and it will not change. It is a vicious cycle. Get out.
7. Trust your instinct.

You know innately when something isn't right. Don't wait. Run. I know the struggle and the fear all too
well and if my experience can help even one woman come forward, it matters. Do not worry about
embarrassment or judgement, just get out and find help immediately.

"A Survivor's Story"


If you are in an abusive relationship and need help, please contact the National Domestic Violence
Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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