Niecy Nash helps raise awareness for domestic violence

October 14, 2010 8:12:27 PM PDT
One of the dancers on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" was in the Bay Area Thursday to raise awareness about the need for domestic violence services and resources.

Actress Niecy Nash spoke to nearly 400 people at the annual fundraiser for a Contra Costa agency, called STAND For Families Free of Violence. She talked about the shocking domestic violence in her life.

"When I was 15, I saw my mother get shot. Her boyfriend was very abusive, and he shot my mother with a sawed-off, double-barreled shotgun in front of her children, Easter Sunday morning, shot her down like a dog in the street. Thankfully my mother survived that incident," said Nash.

STAND has the only domestic violence shelter in Contra Costa County. It's in a secret location with 24 apartments. Crisis counselors staff the phones 24-hours a day.