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Evelyn and Shaniece Learn to Fight Back Using Jiujitsu

Season 1 Episode 104
Aired on 08/01/2015 | CC tv-14
On July 4, 2012, Evelyn married an NFL player in Miami. Then, just 38 lays later, a domestic violence incident left her with stitches in her forehead. Evelyn's then-husband was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic battery, and days later, Evelyn filed for divorce. "I felt so defenseless," Evelyn says. "I used to think to myself, 'Could I have done something that day to change it? Did I do the right thing?'"

Although Evelyn is now happily engaged to professional baseball player Carl Crawford, she's still dealing with the emotional affects of her domestic dispute. To empower Evelyn and help her learn self-defense, her daughter, Shaniece, signs them both up for a jiujitsu class.

Evelyn says she'd like to learn something other then her "Bronx style" of fighting, which involves throwing a bottle or two.

Watch as Evelyn opens up to the instructors about her experience with domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, help is available 24 hours a day. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or visit TheHotline.org.

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