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Family Shares Photo of Woman Beaten By Boyfriend in Malden, Massachusetts, to Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence

Gina Marie Antonelli was beaten by her boyfriend James Armato

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    Domestic Violence Victim's Family Shares Photo to Raise Awareness

    WARNING: This video contains graphic content. After Gina Marie Antonelli was beaten by her boyfriend James Armato in Malden, Massachusetts, her family shared the before and after photos to help raise awareness for domestic violence. (Published Tuesday, May 17, 2016)

    WARNING: This video contains graphic content. 

    After Gina Marie Antonelli was beaten by her boyfriend James Armato in Malden, Massachusetts, her family shared the before and after photos to help raise awareness for domestic violence.

    According to the District Attorney's office, Armato, age 27, of Stoneham, Mass., is accused of assaulting Antonelli, age 25, of Peabody, Mass., on Sunday around 2:30 a.m. in Malden, Mass.

    Armato, a former mixed martial arts fighter, was charged with attempted murder, strangulation, assault and battery on a household or family member, assault, and resisting arrest.

    Antonelli suffered a fractured orbital bone and broken teeth as a result of the assault.

    She allowed family members to post the before and after photos online to bring awareness to other victims of domestic violence.

    Antonelli hopes the photos encourage others to leave similar situations.

    She told necn, "There were times where I wanted to leave, but he would never hold me against my will for it. It was always me wanting to help him and wanting to fix him."

    Nearly $15,000 has been raised through a GoFund Me page so far.

    The proceeds will go towards Antonelli's medical bills.

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