A woman whose story of being violently attacked by her ex-husband has been used to fuel an ongoing debate about domestic violence is using the case to raise awareness about the mental health of abusers.
Carolyn Liss, a mother of two, wrote an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump last week in which she outlined her experiences of being beaten by her estranged husband, who was arrested in the 1970s for stalking.
The ex-husband, whom she married in 1999, was convicted of felony assault, felony assault with a dangerous weapon and felony battery, according to The Associated Press.
The New York Times reported that Liss was a single mother of four when she met her ex and they married in 2000.
Liss said her husband battered her during their relationship, which lasted from 2003 to 2005.
Liss said she was repeatedly attacked by the ex and then later had to have her teeth extracted, according the New York Daily News.
The ex beat her with a broomstick while she slept, the newspaper reported.
The Daily News reported that the woman had to be hospitalized after the assault and had mental health issues, the AP reported.