Democrats on Monday released a new ad that attacks Rep. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Iran announces it will exceed uranium stockpile restraints of nuclear deal MORE (R-Ark.) for voting no on the Violence Against Women Act.

The ad released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee features Stacy Malcum describing abuse from her ex-husband. In the ad, she criticizes Cotton for his "upsetting" vote against the anti-violence law.

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"I was unrecognizable and I was black from my shoulder down to my ankle. You feel alone, when you’re being abused.  I felt like I couldn’t get away. Having the women’s shelter there, it saved my life," Malcum said.

Malcum goes on to suggest that Cotton would leave abused women without resources.

"When I hear that Tom Cotton voted against something that could protect women, it’s upsetting. He would leave women like me with nowhere to turn," Malcum said.

Cotton, who is running to unseat Sen. Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) in one of the year's most competitive Senate races, voted no on the Violence Against Women Act last year because he thought it was too broad.

Cotton's campaign website states, "Violence against women is unacceptable, period."

Pryor's campaign is hammering the Republican on the issue in light of recent domestic violence scandals among NFL players like Ray Rice.

Recent polling shows Cotton with a narrow lead in a tight race.