WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WAOW)-- Three Wisconsinites were honored this week with recognition from the Governor's council on Domestic violence.
Pastor Cheryl Davis of Wisconsin Raids was one of the recipients receiving the courage award. The courage award honors those who have survived domestic violence and are now using their experience to help others.
41 years ago, Davis was in a relationship she would later define as domestic abuse.
“I was married really young a week over 18 and by the time I was 25 had three little children and was in a situation of great control"
Today, Davis has been a pastor for over five years at First English Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids.
“Well, it was kind of a surprise especially the part of the courage because I've never felt particularly courageous." Davis said “So, I thought that over and decided that what courage means is just putting one foot in front of the other each and every day.”
Cheryl was nominated by the executive director of The Family Center, a shelter for abuse victims.
"She has taken experience and turned it into a desire to help others that are going through domestic violence," Sue Sippel said.
Cheryl says she hopes this award and others like it will open doors for more survivors to share their story.