Taking the First Step to Become a Domestic Violence Survivor
You may not know that I am a retired Sioux Falls Police Officer, and during my 26 years of service, I investigated many Domestic Violence incidents. I’m also recognized as an expert resource in the area of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault investigations.
In the past I’ve talked about Domestic Violence statistics, signs to look for in a person who is in a violent relationship, resources that are available for them, and how you can best help them become a “survivor."
I’ve decided that during this year's “Drive Out Domestic Violence” campaign I’m going to talk directly to you…yes you…a victim of Domestic Violence.
I want you to know that what you are experiencing is not your fault. You didn’t ask for it, nor do you deserve it. I also want you to know that there is help available from people who are themselves survivors of domestic violence. They, better than anyone, truly understand what you are going through.
I can talk about Power and Control and how pervasive and stifling it is. I can talk about what victims have told me about their abuse. How as bad as the physical can be, the mental abuse is even more devastating and long-lasting.
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I can talk about struggling to make the decision to leave, knowing how dangerous it will be for you. I can talk about almost every aspect of being a victim of domestic violence.
All that talk has its place. It’s how law enforcement, victim advocates, lawyers, and judges learn what they need to know to help you become a survivor.
But, it’s just talk. You live it every day. You know all of it at a deeper level than anyone will ever be able to grasp or understand. That’s why I’m a huge believer in reaching out for help from those that have been there.
You don’t have to suffer. I have great hope that you will find the strength and courage to take the first step on the road to becoming a Domestic Violence survivor.
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