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Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez, (Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez, 52 sit in his Ronkonkoma tattoo parlor. (Nov. 26, 2011)

Photos: Bella Christ

Bella Christ of Mattituck is a domestic abuse survivor who has found joy in a relationship with fiance, Alfred Mendez.

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck looks through her
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck looks through her portfolio of artwork. (November 26, 2011)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez,
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez, 52, sit in his Ronkonkoma tattoo parlor. (Nov. 26, 2011)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez,
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez, 52, sit in his Ronkonkoma tattoo parlor. (Nov. 26, 2011)

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A piece of art by Bella Christ, 49,
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

A piece of art by Bella Christ, 49, a domestic abuse survivor featured in Newsday's "In Another Light" series. (Nov. 26, 2011)

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck looks through her
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck looks through her portfolio of artwork. (Nov. 26, 2011)

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck shows her engagement
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, of Mattituck shows her engagement ring with fiance Alfred Mendez, 52. (Nov. 26, 2011)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez,
(Credit: T.C. McCarthy)

Bella Christ, 49, and her fiance, Alfred Mendez, 52 sit in his Ronkonkoma tattoo parlor. (Nov. 26, 2011)

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