Domestic violence survivor shares her story in hopes of helping others


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 6:04 PM

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(WHAS11) - A man facing 10 years in jail for domestic abuse has found out his fate and the victim isn't pleased with the sentence.

WHAS11 News has been investigating some of the issues domestic violence victims can face in court.

Simone Green was rushed to the emergency room back in April when she was assaulted by her former husband David Zaring during an argument.

Zaring pleaded guilty to felony charges last month that could have landed him in prison for 10 years.

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Friday he learned his sentence.

Surrounded by family and friends, Simone Green waited to see what punishment her ex-husband David Zaring would receive for an attack Green says nearly killed her six months ago.

The assault took place in a middle class neighborhood. David Zaring, a prominent realtor, went to his ex-wife's home to talk to her about the mortgage payment.

But by the time it was over, Simone's eyes were swollen shut and her orbital bone was broken.

The assault took place in front of the children, within inches of a 4-week-old infant and there was blood on the back of the baby's shirt.

"He took Jake off the changing table, sat him outside the room, closed the door and came back and beat me some more.

The baby was right there. One punch and that baby would have been dead," says Simone.

When police arrived, Simone was barely conscious and David had blood on his hands.

Zaring faced up to 10 years in prison on the assault charge.

Before Judge Geoffrey Morris handed it down, Zaring addressed the court.

"Evidently, I was not a good husband and I apologize for everything that I did and I know it will never happen again," he said.

Taking the fact that Zaring had no prior criminal record, Judge Morris suspended the majority of his sentence.

Zaring was allowed to report to the county jail Monday morning, so he remains free this weekend.

Simone Green wanted to share her story in hopes that other domestic violence victims will seek help before it is too late.