FORT LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – We hear stories about the cycle of abuse, but rarely is it ever caught on camera.
“Every time he came drunk, I knew there was going to be some kind of physical abuse, so I always had the camera ready, “ Venisha Pugh, a survivor of domestic violence explained to CBS4’s Nicole Maristany.
Pugh is a South Florida mother who recorded her husband’s abuse on a computer webcam, it was an attempt to leave evidence behind in case she didn’t survive.
“I’m thinking, if I go tonight then it will be on tape, somebody will probably find it and give me justice,” said Pugh.
Her husband was charged with a misdemeanor for that attack. He was jailed for a short time after violating probation with a DUI and is now out on bond.
But Pugh, is no longer afraid and thrives with help from No More Tears, a non-profit that rescues women from domestic abuse.
“We’ve seen her do a complete 180, I’m so proud of her, because she’s one of our biggest success stories,” describes Somy Ali, the founder of No More Tears.
Venisha is the agency’s 100th survivor, and she’s where she is today after months of mentoring and support, learning how to once again stand on her own.
“Our services are immediate. There are no waiting lists. We pay for the immigration attorney, the divorce attorney, we pay for therapy – 10 sessions – optometrists, dental care, we teach them how to drive,” said Ali.
And they do all that with a small but powerful team of dedicated board members, volunteers and interns.
One of those interns, Jennifer Riland, explained the projects she worked on to help Pugh.
“Having a baby shower for her, helped her move into her new place, had an A/C put in, bought her fans, and set up her kitchen.”
And it’s only possible because of individual donations.
“The organization because it is so small, is supported 100% by contributor revenue, nobody takes a salary,” said Shannon Brown, one of the organization’s board of directors.
Every dollar making a difference for women like Pugh and her family.
“I don’t have to choose death or anything negative anymore, they gave me a chance at life,” said Pugh.
So far No More Tears has rescued 176 survivors, but they need help to rescue more. To make a donation and learn more, visit http://www.nmtproject.org/ or call Neighbors 4 Neighbors at 305-597-4404.