MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A victim of criminal domestic violence said Tuesday she may have lost her life if police didn't file a warrant against her abuse husband.
Patsy Post spoke publicly for the first time at a criminal domestic violence held at Alhambra Hall in Mt. Pleasant.
"He was prince charming," said Post, who soon found out that her husband was anything but charming.
"Within three weeks of marrying him I found myself plowed against the french doors in fear of my life," Post said. "I had been abused by him over and over the entire time, everything from emotionally, physically, verbally."
Bishop C. L. Lorick Jr. personally knows what Post is talking about.
"My second youngest sister was a victim of domestic violence and her husband was a minister," Lorick said.
Lorick teaches pastors at churches how to spot and help victims of domestic violence.
"People that are hurting often find solace in the church and so it's up to us to begin to recognize some of the signs," he said.
For many victims it's too late.
Forty four South Carolinians who died from criminal domestic violence last year were remembered at a silent witness ceremony in Columbia on Oct. 4.
Victim advocates say it's a crime and issue that's not going away anytime soon.
"It's everywhere, it doesn't make any difference what socio economic background, rich or poor,and black or white," said Sue Warner, who is a victim advocate for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.
In Post's case, she lost a financial empire and could have also lost her life.
"I believe that if the state had not stepped in and filed the warrant on my behalf that I may have stayed a little longer. I can't answer that question, thank God I didn't."
Now she is starting over.
"It feels really really good. It's still very frustrating in certain aspects, I'm starting literally from dirt up."