On the last day of 2011, Jamie Small was abused by her then husband. While recovering, she found refuge in a Facebook group for women going through the same thing and now she is doing what she can bring awareness to the issue.
"As soon as we got married, he started hitting me," Small said.
Small is a survivor and her old wounds tell her story.
"He had given me a black eye and then after the first black eye had healed or almost healed, he had given me another one," Small said.
After that, she turned to local help in Sioux Falls, but she found it easier communicating with people about her situation through a keyboard.
"It's a little bit easier to talk to someone not face-to-face because you just feel uncomfortable sometimes. So that's when I went on Facebook and you could be anonymous at the same time, so it wasn't so personable," Small said.
Small found the Facebook group "Break The Silence". It's made up of women from all across the country and the world. These women lean on each other when domestic violence finds itself in their lives. Small says this Facebook group is a good tool for her and other survivors.
"It had other people going through the same stuff and you could kind of, bounce ideas off each other as to what to expect - it was nice," Small said.
Now, Small is holding a fundraiser to raise money for "Break The Silence". With the money collected, her story and others, will be seen across the country. She is raising awareness for domestic violence and says if she can change one life, she has done her job.
"It takes one person to speak out, like me and it's so much easier to talk about because, you know, I've gone through it so you can talk to me about it," Small said.
The fundraiser is this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch on West 41st Street. There will be door prizes and raffle drawings. All the proceeds go toward "Break The Silence".