Eight cases of domestic violence in 2 months at ASU

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – According to Arkansas State University Police, since the first of August there have been eight domestic violence incidents!   The incidents in the police reports have happened in married housing, at a fraternity house on campus, and at the ASU library!

Officers say it happens more often than you think just like in any other town!

"Domestic violence is any act of assault which is an imminent fear of bodily injury," said UPD investigator Brian Shelton>

The eight incidents from August, September and October range from shouting matches to physical altercations.

"The incidents have occurred in very different locations.  There's no particular area that it's more prevalent in," said Shelton.

Shelton said it's a broad statute that covers multiple kinds of relationships.

"Dating relationships, cousins in your family, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, step-fathers, anybody that cohabitates," said Shelton.

When we think about school violence we often think about the type of violence that is obvious, not the kind that happens behind closed doors.

"I think people are more aware that they need to report the incident and there are avenues out there to help," said Shelton.

He said with more education about domestic violence people aren't as afraid to report it.

"One of the advantages we have over a normal city is we have counselors on staff at the university," said Shelton.

"Counseling is frequent an important issue for victims so they can begin to put their lives back together," said Dr. Phil Hestand, Director off the ASU Counseling Center.

Counseling is provided for students by the university.  Dr. Hestand said repeated violence may cause some to have issues with self worth.  While seeking help is important, Shelton said you should also report any cases of domestic violence.

"It enables us to start the process of helping the victim also for the correction of the offenders behavior," said Shelton.

Shelton tells Region 8 News they do have some cases of domestic violence they've worked that will be going to court.

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