After D'Andra Simmons of The Real Housewives of Dallas learned about the death of an anti-domestic violence crusader, she revealed her own experience with being beaten.
As Fox4 News has reported, Donna Alexander, a well-known Dallas entrepreneur and the creator of the Anger Room, was violently assaulted on Friday, September 21, and her boyfriend Nathaniel Mitchell has been charged with murder, according to local police.
Simmons, 49, met Alexander, and told the outlet in an emotional interview that she had suffered from domestic violence herself.
Simmons said of her boyfriend from ten years ago, "He broke my fingers, he fractured my skull, I had internal bleeding. At the end of the time, I remember saying to him, I said, 'I can't do this anymore.'
"I tried to call out, and all the phones, he destroyed all the phones. They were either broken or he threw them away. I couldn't use the phone; I couldn't get out the door. I said, 'There's a rifle in the back room,' I said 'Just go, it's loaded. Just put it to my head and shoot me because I can't do this anymore," Simmons said.
The future RHOD star went to a women's shelter and got the strength to put her life back together.
"The message that you want to send other women who feel like they're kind of stuck in a situation, like you were in is get out. Get the counseling and get the encouragement to be able to leave because I promise you, I was there. I wish I had talked to somebody a long time before I did. If I had, I would have been out a lot earlier. Luckily I didn't' lose my life, but Donna did, and don't let her death be for nothing," the Bravo star noted.
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