Sheriff Tommy Allen
October 2, 2013
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I’m sure you’ll see articles throughout this month dealing with this. It’s a topic that sometimes is hush-hushed but it is something we deal with almost daily. It crosses all socioeconomic backgrounds; all races and all ages. It can be both physical and mental abuse. Likely there are few families that at one time or another will be exposed directly or indirectly to a DV situation one or more times in their lifetime.
According to FBI statistics, a woman is beaten every nine seconds. Forty percent of women murdered are at the hands of a husband, boyfriend or former boyfriend. The recent tragedy in Morven brought this reality to the forefront.
Law enforcement officers see this almost on a daily bases. Families and victims call the police in desperation but then often do not want to follow through. It’s not easy and not simple. It takes courage to get out. It takes courage to say, “I deserve to be treated with respect and will not take this anymore.”
In Anson County we are very fortunate that we have a local “Domestic Violence Coalition” that is here for DV victims. They respond to both public calls for help and well as law enforcement calls when police and deputies are dispatched to DV scenes. They help victims to escape their prisons of abuse and humiliation. They assure victims that they are not alone and help is available and are with the victims throughout the court experience.
Domestic Violence victims must know and believe it’s not their fault and they are not to blame. They do not have to take it. They deserve better.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and want help please call 704-690-0362. Remember, no one deserved to be hurt. No one deserves to be a victim.