CRIME PREVENTION TIP: Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey Offers Insight Into Domestic Violence
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // January 17, 2017
one of every four women a victim of some violence
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As we continue to focus our Weekly Crime Prevention Message on the hazards of Domestic Violence it’s important to remember that while Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, national statistics show that one out of every four women in our country will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of a husband or boyfriend.
To make matters worse very few victims ever report the crime to Law Enforcement or anyone else as they are often too embarrassed or scared to seek help.
Victims of Domestic Violence come from all different backgrounds. Regardless of their age, religion, or social economic status they all have one thing in common, a feeling of helplessness and a fear that they are permanently trapped in the relationship.
The first step to breaking free from Domestic Violence is to recognize when you are a victim of Domestic Violence.
While many other crimes leave no doubt about their victimization, victims of Domestic Violence often blame themselves or even make excuses for their attacker’s actions.
The following checklist offers some insight into various characteristics and actions of abusers:
- Does he track all your time
- Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful
- Discourage relationships with family and friends
- Prevent you from working, attending group meetings, school
- Constantly criticize you for little things
- Anger easily when drinking alcohol or taking drugs
- Control all finances
- Humiliate you in front of others
- Destroy personal property or sentimental items
- Hit, punch, kick, slap, or bite you or the children
- Use or threaten to use a weapon against you
- Threaten to harm you, the children, or himself
If your answer is “yes” to even a few of these questions then it is time to contact Law Enforcement, tell a friend, tell a family member, and most importantly get help so that you can get safely away and out of harm’s way.
If you are not a victim of Domestic Violence but you know someone who is please remember that “if you see something, say something” as you may just be the person who saves their life.
As always, please share this information with you family and friends and visit Brevard sheriff.com for more information on how to stop Domestic Violence in our community.
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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