CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers are investigating a bizarre case of domestic violence.
"He reached in and snatched my teeth out. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can't believe he did that,’" said the victim, who didn’t want to be identified.
She has been in an abusive relationship for the last 14 months.
"If he doesn't get his way he will kill me. I truly believe that, and I truly believe any other woman he gets with is in danger."
The couple broke up weeks ago, but last Friday he found her and she says it got physical.
According to a police report, a punch was thrown and then the suspect reached into her mouth and snatched out her false teeth.
"He's taken my phone before, he stole my food stamp card before, never my teeth. Yeah, that was one for the books," she said.
While she’s able to laugh at this situation, experts say domestic abuse is not funny and abusers often take items from their victims to control them.
"It can be many different things, but they want to take something that's important because they feel they can keep control over the victim if they have control of an item or a person," said Karen Parker of Safe Alliance.
Parker is one of the leading experts on domestic violence in the state. She says abusers try to make their victims feel there is no way out.
"If you’re in that situation, know that there are resources available. We do have shelters, we have 24-hour hotlines and there is always help out there," she said.
This victim says she’s had enough and plans to leave the area.
"Eventually you have to say no, that's not love. That's not love. That’s a severe problem you have".
If you or someone you know is in need of help they can contact the Safe Alliance DV Hotline at 704-332-2513.