October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every day, we receive calls from victims of domestic violence seeking help and information. Many do not realize the abuse they experience cannot only destroy their quality of life, it can lead to domestic homicide.
Every day in the news you hear about a domestic violence incident. Region 8 is no exception.
It's frustrating that in many of these incidents, the perpetrator is often held to a minimal level of accountability, while other crimes receive a harsher response. People often ask, "Why does the victim keep going back?"
Leaving is not simple. It often takes multiple times for a victim to gain the strength to make a change.
It's well documented that a victim's chances of being killed increase by 75% when leaving a violent relationship.
So what can we do? We can start by educating ourselves about domestic violence. If you think it is a private matter, or none of your business, I ask you to please re-evaluate your thinking.
This issue affects us all, in various ways. Please check out studies conducted by the CDC or the Department of Justice, support your local police and domestic violence programs.
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Nobody deserves to be afraid in their own home.
If all systems cooperate with one another to respond effectively to domestic violence, we can create an even Better Region 8.
- Vicki Crego, Executive Director, Family Crisis Center in Jonesboro
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