Serene Harbor’s ‘What a Girl Wants’ Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes Set For April 28
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // February 7, 2016
2015 ‘WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES’ IMAGES BY CYNDI BYARS
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Last year 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.
The 2016 edition of Serene Harbor’s Walk In Her Shoes event will be held Thursday, April 28 at Melbourne Auditorium, located at 625 E. Hibiscus Boulevard in Melbourne from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All proceeds benefit domestic violence center Serene Harbor and will also feature vendors, a silent auction and great raffles prizes.
If you would like to be part of this great event call Beverley at 321-726-0402.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AMONG MOST TROUBLING CRIMES TODAY
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.
I would like to explain how to recognize, prevent and stop the pattern of Domestic Violence that includes assault, physical and mental abuse, stalking, sexual battery, child abuse, animal abuse and even homicide.
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:
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
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?
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.
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.
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.