Woman speaking out year after being shot in domestic violence incident

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- One year after domestic violence nearly ended her life, ultimately leading to the death of her husband, Yvonne Bryant-Williams is channeling her pain in to something productive.

"He would tell me if I was overreacting or give me advice, and I miss that about him. He was a good person," said the Kentucky woman, as she tried to focus more on the good times.

Her husband, John R. Williams, had been battling depression. A stroke had left him partially brain damaged.

Beyond frustrated, no longer able to do the things he had done before, sadness set in. Bryant-Williams' husband began to drink heavily, as he grew further and further depressed.

On June 12, 2016, Bryant-Williams came home from church. Little did she know it would turn in to what she calls the most traumatic day of her life.

The kind, charismatic, loving husband she had fallen in love with, turned violent.

"I yelled, 'John! you shot me! I can't believe you shot me!' And his eyes got big like this... and that's when he yelled, 'Come on in here and sit down in the room,'" Bryant-Williams recalled.

John Williams fired a gun aimed to kill Yvonne. She says she thinks he would have turned it on himself, had he had the chance.

Luckily for Bryant-Williams, the bullet hit her arm, preventing it from traveling to her chest.

Somehow during those moments, she found the strength to flee, though her husband was later killed in a shootout with police.

Bryant-Williams says she is still healing, but believes God is the reason she is here today, to tell her story, and help give others the courage to seek help.

"I've got God on my side. God wasn't gonna bring me to it, if he wasn't gonna see me through it," she said. "I got through this and I'll get through anything else that comes my way".

She urges others who are struggling with depression, or whom are in violent relationships, to speak out.

"Get some help... (tell) somebody that can help you make the situation better. Don't wait until you have to run for your life like I did," she said. "It's kinda like the Maya Angelou (quote): 'When people show you who they are, believe them.'"

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