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Taylor Armstrong 'Didn't Feel Safe' To Publish Book Until Husband's Suicide

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First Posted: 12/08/11 12:27 PM ET Updated: 12/09/11 09:55 AM ET

"Real Housewife" Taylor Armstrong came forward about a physically and emotionally abusive relationship at the hands of late husband Russell Armstrong -- unveiling shocking photographs of a black eye injury and stating that her gig on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" may have inadvertently saved her life. Now, three months after Russell committed suicide by hanging himself, she's publishing a book about it that she says could have been only made possible with his death.

In a statement to ABCNews.com Thursday, Armstrong says:

"I wish I could have been able to tell my story before now... But, until my husband Russell's suicide, I didn't feel safe to bring my story into the light, to help all battered and abused women, and men, and aid them in their struggle.

"I discussed my book Monday night for the first time on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. The overwhelming response from viewers and their outpourings of support has been gratifying. From the bottom of my heart, I believe if my book can help others find the courage to deal with the pain and fear of their abusive relationships, I will have made a real difference in their lives."


Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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