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LA Hospital Offers Helping Hand To Survivors Of Domestic Violence

An increasing number of hospitals are teaming up with domestic violence groups to identify survivors and make sure they get the help they need.
Fanny Ortiz (right), who left an abusive marriage after nearly a decade, meets weekly with therapist Brittany Martinez at the East Los Angeles Women’s Center. The office is located on the campus of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. (Anna Gorman/KHN)

Fanny Ortiz, a mother of five who lives just east of downtown Los Angeles, spent nearly a decade married to a man who controlled her and frequently threatened her. Then, she said, his abuse escalated.

"He would physically hit me in the face, throw me on the wall," she recalled.

Ortiz, 43, eventually left the marriage, taking her children with her. A few years later, she learned that the East Los Angeles Women's Center offered domestic violence services at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center near her home. Now she goes to the hospital campus for weekly therapy sessions, which she

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