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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Offering a safe haven for victims of domestic violence has long been the mission of Sojourner House.

On Monday, it held it's annual vigil for victims who lost their lives to domestic violence and those who are suffering every day.

Studies show that domestic violence is the number one leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents and rape combined and 10-million children witness domestic violence every year.

The annual medical and health care costs for domestic partner abuse is more than $4 billion and Sojourner House says the number of cases continues to increase.

"Our census at the shelter has been high from the beginning of the year until now, in fact, there's been times when we have to refer people to other shelters," says Audrey Walker of Sojourner House.

Former victims of domestic violence shared their stories of fear and abuse.

"That is how I lived my life for almost 20 years," a former victim of abuse named Caroline told the audience.

Caroline says Sojourner House helped her find a new life where she could finally feel safe and not alone.

Walker says one of the early warning signs of abuse is usually controlling behavior.

"Always wanting to know where you're at, constantly calling you on the phone, that's a warning sign of an abuser who is trying to take control because that is what it's all about," she says. 

Sojourner House says when women find the strength within themselves to seek help and get out, they are on the path to survival and victory.

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