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Women's Groups Use Film To Convey Domestic Violence Message

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Non-profits are joining forces and using a new documentary to teach battered women how to get help as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.

Amy Friedlander's brutal murder last week was a call to action for domestic violence activists who are trying to save battered women from their abusive husbands.

Police say the 46-year-old Westchester wife and mother of two was bludgeoned to death by her husband who then murdered their young children before committing suicide.

The film "Telling Amy's Story" is being shown to women's groups all over the city as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It's about another "Amy" with a tragic ending.

The documentary is about Amy McGee from Pennsylvania. After years of abuse, she finally worked up the courage to leave her abusive husband in 2001. When the mother of two went home to retrieve her belongings with her parents and children waiting for her in the car, her husband Vincent shot her to death at point blank range.

Nancy Salamone says she endured 20 years of abuse from her ex-husband. After leading a double life she wrote a book called "Victory over Violence: Nancy's Story and the Business of Me."

"I lived two lives. One was this successful Wall Street executive and the other was this behind closed doors abused wife," Salamone said.

Salamone is partnering with many organizations like "Dress for Success" to help spread the word that there's help for women who feel they have nowhere else to turn.

"Last year in 2010 Brooklyn led the boroughs in homicide fatalities connected to domestic violence," said Dress for Success CEO Joi Gordon.

To show it's solidarity with domestic violence activists, Brooklyn Borough Hall was recently lit in purple, a color which has symbolized domestic violence for more than two decades.

It's hoped that survivors who speak up will help victims to get out alive.

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