Amy says that like many women, she once believed her ex-husband's control was "part of the loving relationship." Amy says that was a big mistake. "True love is letting the person be who they want to be and do what they want to do," she says.
Amy also stresses that mental abuse is abuse. "Physical abuse is not the only abuse out there. There are many levels of abuse."
Amy also recently worked to get a bill passed in Ohio called "Amy's Law" to keep violent first-time offenders behind bars—a law she believes would have prevented her ex-husband's second brutal attack against her. "It's a law that requires the offender, first-time or repeat offender, to stay in jail until they have the opportunity to see a judge," Amy explains. "They are required to see a judge before they can be let out."