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Domestic violence victim speaks out

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Each day, three or more women die because of domestic violence.

Last month, a Tucson woman named Jazmine Wollack was shot and killed by her boyfriend.

Wollack was only 22-years-old when she was murdered.  Tucson police say her boyfriend, 27-year-old Taris Ford-Dillard shot her and then turned the gun on himself.

Police reports show he had a long history of domestic violence with Wollack. Chantel Joseph claims she was also a victim of Ford-Dillard.

During Joseph’s and Ford-Dillard’s six month relationship, he told her, "he skinned a girl before, skinned her alive." However, this was not a one-time instance.

"He told me he's killed on multiple occasions," Joseph said.

She met Ford-Dillard in 2014. She was living in Philadelphia, working as a live-in nanny, when a mutual friend introduced them

"He was a nice guy, educated, very polite. I mean athletic all the good things that you would look for in a significant other," Joseph said.

Shortly afterward, the verbal and physical abuse began. Joseph said he was extremely jealous and made false accusations. She also said he would become violent for something as simple as not opening the door in a timely manner.

Ford-Dillard also warned her about calling police or getting a restraining order against him.

He told her a restraining order was just a piece of paper, and by the time police come, she would be dead.

 “He slapped me because I didn't take him seriously. At first, I thought he was kidding so I started laughing. So he slapped me, he pushed me down, and he was like do you think it’s funny now?”

"He took out a gun and had me riding around with him for an hour or so, and he was telling me he was going to kill me. Just telling me and repeating it over and over, I’m going to kill you.”

Ford-Dillard also warned her about calling police or getting a restraining order against him.

He told her a restraining order was just a piece of paper, and by the time police would come, she would be dead.

By the end of the six months, she'd had enough and knew she had to leave. Her mother also urged to get out, before it was too late. 

"I honestly believed he was going to kill me 100% without a doubt.”

She prayed for strength and guidance and one night her prayers were answered.

She was driving and took him to his house. He was threatening to kill her again when they arrived.

Coincidentally, then President Obama was in town and was very close to where they lived at the time, so the area was filled with cops for security reasons, but Ford-Dillard thought she had called the cops on him.

He got out of the vehicle, and she left him and never looked back.

"My best friend drove me to New York; I then flew out the next day to Texas."

For a year afterward she was off social media and was still terrified Taris Ford Dillard would find her.

He didn't, but he found another victim, Jazmine Wollack. That's why Chantel is coming forward.

"I’ve been in her shoes I feel every ounce of what she felt."

So the question many are asking why didn't Jazmine leave?

"It’s so easy to say why did you stay? Honestly, I think she was trying to leave."

Chantel believed the reason Jazmine Wollack stayed was that he probably threatened her family to the point where she felt like she couldn't leave.  She added, “I wouldn't put that past him."

Chantel Joseph knows there are others out there in similar situations.  She wants them to know there is help.

She says talk to friends, family, and let them know what is going on.

She said, "I should've got out the first time anything happened.  Like I said, you can't change someone. You just get out. You take those signs and leave."

https://www.facebook.com/Domesticviolencesupport

https://www.domesticshelters.org/az/tucson/85716/emerge-center...

http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-survivors/

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