By Anna Gorman

January 29, 2018

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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.