By Anna Gorman
January 29, 2018
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 the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center,
near her home. Now she goes to the hospital campus for weekly therapy
sessions, which she said have helped stop her suicidal thoughts.