SOUTH OGDEN -- Ashlee Bambrough is grateful she is not listed among the 2011 homicide domestic violence statistics.
In 2011, 24 deaths in Utah were classified as homicides related to domestic violence, said Ned Searle, director of the Office on Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Instead, Bambrough is a 23-year-old woman who is looking forward to helping others learn what domestic violence is and how to get out of bad relationships.
"I want girls to know what the warning signs are and how to get help," Bambrough said. "You don't need to be scared. You can tell someone, and you can get help."
The South Ogden woman was in 2nd District Court in Farmington on Wednesday. The man accused of beating her and throwing her out of a moving truck pleaded not guilty to two second-degree felonies.
Brandon Sloper, 25, of Slaterville, entered the pleas to one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault. Another court hearing has been set for March 28.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed in 2nd District Court by Layton police, the two had been a couple for three years and lived together from March 2010 to December 2010.
Sloper had picked up Bambrough on July 2, 2011, at her home in South Ogden, according to the court documents. He was supposed to take her to a bar in Ogden, where she worked as a waitress. But instead, Sloper continued driving on Highway 89 and the two began fighting when Bambrough realized Sloper wasn't taking her to work, according to the document.
At one point during the fight, Bambrough was either pushed out or jumped out of the 1996 full-size Chevy truck on Highway 193, according to the court document.
Bambrough suffered a number of injuries, including a skull fracture, and injuries to her face and right shoulder, according to the document.
Her injuries were not consistent with a person who jumped out of a vehicle, police officers wrote in the affidavit.
She spent several days in the hospital, has undergone physical therapy and still is seeing a doctor for her injuries.
Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said his office has seen enough of an increase in domestic violence cases, during the last few years, that two prosecutors are specifically assigned to handle those cases, along with other assignments.
For the past few months, Bambrough has spoken out against domestic violence.
She was at the Capitol on Feb. 13 as part of the Clothesline Project, speaking for victims of violent crimes.
Bambrough said she was surprised to learn one in four women in Utah has been abused physically, emotionally, mentally or sexually by their spouses, partners or another family member.
"It needs to stop," Bambrough said.
She also spoke to Salt Lake high school students about dating and "the warning signs of a serious problem in a relationship."
"If the person you're dating is very controlling, checking your text messages, telling you who you can and cannot be with, you need to get help," Bambrough said.
Bambrough said she recently received her master's degree in esthetics from Marinello School of Beauty in Ogden.
"I'm busy remaking myself into the woman I am now," she said.