NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Escaping an abusive situation is the premise for the movie “Gimme Shelter,” one of the winners at this year’s Christopher Awards.

It’s also all too familiar for the New Jersey woman whose life the film is largely based upon.

Kathy DiFiore told CBS 2’s Diane Macedo that she was in a marriage “that didn’t work,” left her husband and then was on the verge of homelessness. She later found a job and bought a small house. But she said after that experience, she wanted to help abused women who were in a similar situation, so she began taking them into her home.

Ron Krauss later knocked on DiFiore’s door, saying he wanted to volunteer. After helping DiFiore for a while, he told her he wanted to make a movie about her life. She said she was first against the idea, but changed her mind.

“He won the girls over, and they felt so trusted by him and they trusted him,” DiFiore said. “This is unique. These are not women who trust men.”

The movie stars Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser and James Earl Jones.

Watch the video above for the full interview.

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