EUGENE, Ore. -- A year after allegedly being stabbed over a dozen times by her ex-boyfriend, Adrienne Wurts hopes that opening up about her story will inspire survivors during Domestic Abuse Awareness month.
Wurts said she went to meet her ex-boyfriend, David Lucius, last October and when he went to give her a hug, he started stabbing her. She said she defended herself, grabbing the blade of the knife with her hands, where there are now stitches.
Lucius allegedly ran but was arrested near the California border and is now facing attempted murder charges. His trial is scheduled for later this month.
A year later, Wurts is still recovering. She was living in a recreational vehicle throughout her multiple surgeries but has now moved in with her children. She also said she suffers from anxiety, but counseling and other resources have made a big difference.
"I did go to different places, and I spoke to a lot of people. It was talking about it that helped a lot. Getting it out of my chest," she said.
According to Womenspace development director Kim Lax, October is dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence in hopes that more survivors feel empowered to reach out.
"It's taking your life back. Because, in a domestic violence relationship, you don't have your life. That abuser has control over every aspect of your life. So it's the steps along the way to be able to take your life back," Lax said.
She said that domestic violence also extends beyond visible injuries. Economic abuse, isolation, stalking and humiliation can also factor in.
Wurts wants other survivors to know that there is hope that they can retake control of their lives.
"I'm doing OK now," she said. "With my children, we are a lot closer now. I have joy in just being alive."