Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:37
A candle light vigil was held last week in honor and support of victims of domestic violence. Vella Thornhill, a domestic violence victim tolled the bell for the 40 Alabamians that lost their lives in 2009 due to domestic violence.
Each year, the Jackson County Coalition Against Domestic Violence holds a candlelight vigil to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is physical, mental, sexual or emotional abuse in an intimate relationship. It occurs when one person uses abusive tactics to gain power and control over a partner or former partner.
Domestic violence hits homes in every community and it has a devastating effect on victims, children, families and communities.
Last year, 40 people in Alabama lost their lives as a result domestic violence.
Crisis Services of North Alabama Victim Services Coordinator Janet Sage of the Jackson County office said last year there were 1,500 calls from victims needing help.
Sage assists victims of domestic violence by helping them relocate, find shelter, and is an advocate for the victim when seeking legal protection and prosecution through the court system.
If you are involved with an abuser, you should know you are never safe. Sometimes you may feel he is getting better. Maybe he promises to change. You may think you can get him to act right if you are the “perfect” partner. But men who abuse their partners do not just “stop”. In fact, abuse gets worse over time. It happens more often and gets more violent.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation and is seeking help, contact Crisis Services of North Alabama at by calling 256-574-5826 and ask for Janet. For more information about domestic violence, visit www.acadv.org.
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