THE BRONX - A Bronx mother is being honored for dedicating her life to helping victims of domestic violence.

Melissa Holmes says she survived a verbally and physically abusive marriage, only to end up in another violent relationship. She says the turning point was when her boyfriend tried to strangle her.

It has been five years since that violent assault. During the healing process, Holmes decided to start the website "Love Shouldn't Hurt" for domestic abuse survivors.

She has appeared in magazines and spoken at forums. On Sunday, women's empowerment group Zonta International will honor Holmes at its annual luncheon in the Bronx for her strength and advocacy in helping domestic violence victims.