Recognizing a past Hero Next Door for being a voice for victims of domestic violence who are too afraid to speak.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The life mission for a past Hero Next Door is being a voice for victims of domestic violence who are too afraid to speak.

"It's brings back a lot of memories. It takes me back. I can see everything happening all over again," says Valerie Williams.

A little over a year ago, Williams told First Coast News about her husband who she says shot her multiple times. Williams spent three days in the hospital and walked away only having lost use of her arm for a year and half.

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"He had never been abusive before," says Williams.

She later divorced her husband. Williams then began traveling around the southeast sharing her story in an effort to empower victims of domestic violence who are too afraid to speak.

For her work, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. Then the women of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority honored Williams with their social justice human rights award.

Valerie Williams is our Hero Next Door.

"Now I'm an overcomer and I want women to understand they can as well," Williams said.

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