Sheriff, Area Leaders ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ For Domestic Violence

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Last week Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey was joined by a number of male members of our community, business leaders, chiefs of police and elected officials who took part in the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event, created to bring awareness to the devastating impact Domestic Violence has on a community and it's victims. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

Last week Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey was joined by a number of male members of our community, business leaders, chiefs of police and elected officials who took part in the “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event, created to bring awareness to the devastating impact Domestic Violence has on a community and it’s victims. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Last week I was joined by a number of male members of our community, business leaders, chiefs of police and elected officials who took part in the “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event, created to bring awareness to the devastating impact Domestic Violence has on a community and it’s victims.

Domestic Violence is one of the most troubling and impacting crimes we face today. Domestic Violence significantly effects spouses, significant others, parents, families, children, friends, neighbors and pets.

To make matters even worse, statistics show that children influenced by Domestic Violence may be susceptible to responding in a similar manner impacting future generations.

Coming off the “heels” of last week’s event, I thought we would focus a series of our Weekly Crime Prevention Messages on how to recognize, prevent and stop the pattern of Domestic Violence that incudes assault, physical and mental abuse, stalking, sexual battery, child abuse, animal abuse and even homicide.

Rock Paper Simple's Josh Adams (left) and Scott Eller (right) proudly complete the one mile walk in support of Serene Harbor at the recent benefit.

Rock Paper Simple’s Josh Adams (left) and Scott Eller (right) proudly complete the one mile walk in support of Serene Harbor at the recent benefit.

The first step to preventing any crime is awareness and education.

Like most other crimes in today’s society, the key to breaking the cycle is to ensure we are teaching our children, our next generation of parents, the importance of positive relationships and communication.

Successfully bringing awareness to our children requires that we sit down and talk openly about how this crime impacts everyone involved, including our community.

Additionally, by openly discussing the issue with them, we are establishing positive communication and setting good examples as role models.

If they see us effectively dealing with conflict in a reasonable and caring manner, they will learn to deal with conflict and relationships the same way.

Conversely, if we set bad examples, they will learn to act in the same way.

Unfortunately, anyone can become a victim of Domestic Violence. Regardless if you are male or female, young or old, Domestic Violence can impact you.

The following, is a list to help recognize when Domestic Violence is taking place:

ARE YOU A VICTIM:

1. Are you discouraged from having outside friendships with family and friends?
2. Are you movements constantly tracked?
3. Are you discouraged from working or being involved in outside activities?
4. Are you constantly criticized?
5. Does your spouse or significant other anger easily especially when drinking or
abusing drugs?
6. Attempt to humiliate you in front of others?
7. Does your spouse or significant other attempt to control all of the finances?
8. Does your spouse destroy personal or sentimental items of yours?
9. Does your spouse or significant other hit, punch, slap, kick, or bite you?
10. Does your spouse or significant other threaten to harm you or the children?

Next, we will focus on what to do if you are the victim of Domestic Violence while also providing a list of resources that can help victims face and cope with this type of crime.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read and share our Weekly Crime Prevention Message and for all of your support for our agency.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft.

That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.

The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.

Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.

Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.


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