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Lt. Julian Harvey with survivors in a friendship circle during the recent graduation ceremony

Violence Survivor: 'I've been to hell and back'

Maria arrived at the Anaheim Family Justice Center just after Christmas. Her nose was broken. Her black eyes were hidden behind oversized sunglasses.

Her alcoholic boyfriend beat her then burned her clothing

"They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," says Maria, 21. "Well, I've been to hell and back."

She and 20 other women recently graduated from the Justice Center's second "Survivor's Academy," an eight-week course that provides tools, skills and confidence to encourage meaningful change.