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DENHAM SPRINGS - Two abused women told News 2 they found an unbreakable friendship in one another.

Both beaten and in need of a safe haven, Janet Slavik and Cynthia Holmes found hope at the Women Outreaching Women center in Livingston Parish.

"It's very hard but if they've been through what they've been through and they're alive, they can do it," said Janet Slavik.

Slavik says she didn't see it coming, but when the violence started she made the call for help, and got out.

"You're just confused, you can't believe what happened, and you can't believe you're still just sitting there and you're not gone," said Cynthia Holmes. "The first time I tried to go and that wasn't happening, he wasn't going to let me go. He dragged me back inside by my hair."

Holmes stayed for years, until her abuser turned on their child. With the help of friends, she got out.

"I had to have someone literally there to help me get him out of there... You have to leave, you cant just stay there because he's not going to stop." she continued. "They give you dignity, they give you your self respect back and they make you feel, they really make you feel, like you're worth something when other people haven't. They've been a lifesaver, and they still are, they're my family now."

WOW is looking for volunteers and resources for their emergency shelter, such as kitchen household and cleaning items. You can contact them at their office, (225) 791-3940, or visit their website.

If you are in need of help, you can also call their 24-Hour crisis hotline at (225) 665-9100.


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