ROANOKE, Va. -

One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence and most cases are never reported to police.

WDBJ7’s Melissa Gaona sat down with a woman who not only spoke up, but fought for her life and the lives of others.

"Did it ever cross your mind that he might kill you?"

"More than once. More than once, especially after we left."

After eight long years of abuse, she'd finally had enough.

"Something just broke in me, and I just grabbed my kids and shoved them in the car. It was raining hard, we had no shoes, I didn't have my purse, I didn't have anything."

Abuse wasn't always the case, though. It started with control and emotional abuse, then things got physical.

"There were times, I was curled up on the floor and him kicking me and he had steel toe boots that he used to love to do it with."

“Why did you stay?”

“Because then I didn't think I could do it without him. I didn't think I could support my kids."

Thanks to Sabrina's Place in Roanoke she's doing all of the above and more. They helped her get back on her feet, gain independence, and she still has her life.

“If there is a woman listening now, I want to say there are signs and listen to your heart, listen to your inside."

If you need help, you can contact Sabrina's Place at (540) 283-4813.

To help raise awareness to this growing issue, there's the Fanta's 5K race happening Saturday, July 26, at Washington Park Lick Run on the Greenway. It starts at 7 a.m. and all the money will go to Sabrina's Place.

For more information about Sabrina's Place, click here.