In 2014, Pam Motley's estranged husband shot her outside of her parents' home in Fresno California, leaving her almost completely paralyzed. At 58, the domestic abuse survivor says she has forgiven him and chooses to be happy every day.
Alexander Franklin is a domestic violence offender sentenced to a court-ordered batterer intervention program after abusing an ex girlfriend. Franklin claims he is grateful, as the program helped him better manage anger and express emotions.
Lisa Casarez of Fresno California is a domestic abuse survivor. She talks about living in an abusive relationship, and how after six years of marriage she successfully escaped, giving hope to other women suffering with violence and fear.
Rocio Medina Gomez died after she was stabbed repeatedly. Her ex boyfriend is charged with murder. The woman moved to Fresno from Mexico to start a new life, but became one of six domestic abuse murder victims in 2017.
The Marjaree Mason Center is Fresno CA's largest women's abuse shelter that houses and protects domestic violence victims and children. But it isn't getting enough federal funding to safe-house survivors escaping dangerous relationships.
Fresno California domestic violence reports of aggravated assault, life threatening injuries and death are rising. The police department is investigating this increase to combat the abusive relationships women are trying to escape.
Charity DePina died from injuries she suffered after she was assaulted with a blunt object in her boyfriend’s Fresno home. Her family believes her disability made her vulnerable to domestic abuse, and they are working to prevent similar cases.