Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Inspiration From Police Response Advocates

It is amazing what you can find out about the dark side of your own community. The director of our county domestic violence/sexual assault taskforce was in a commission meeting to apply for some federal funding. She mentioned their advocates who go to domestic violence crime scenes. I wanted to know more.

During the interview, the director made a statement that touched me - “Domestic violence crosses all walks of life. It has nothing to do with financial, race, it crosses all barriers when it comes to your wealth and your education.”

These paid volunteer, police response advocates go to dangerous scenes to let a victim know what services and options there are available. They may spend only 3-5 minutes, but it can make a difference. Do a mother and her children need immediate shelter, gas money to go to a relative? The PRAs also help identify the dangers a victim might not have realized yet.

Here's the whole article in the Newton Kansan.  It centers on the fact that this program lacks funding and may come to and end in the near future.

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