County recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:52 AM.

“Victims are embarrassed about what’s going on because the abuser threatens their victims and once the victims do leave then the abuser looses control and attacks them with a vengeance,” said Snell. “I know that all too well. I had to take my children and move from my home many times under the direction of law enforcement and I’d have police parked by my driveway on many occasions because they knew the abuser and what he was capable of.”

She said she was lucky that her case was taken seriously.

“A lot of times abusers have a way of making it look like the victim is the crazy one,” said Snell. “Right now my abuser is in jail but he won’t be for very long. I have to watch my back and have a safety plan in place for me and my children because abusers don’t just go away and they can be very patient about getting what they want.”

She said, “Domestic violence awareness is the only way to make victims survivors.”

“I can proudly say that I’m a survivor,” said Snell. “I’m here today to ask for your support by signing this proclamation of domestic violence awareness.”

Wells also announced that there would be Domestic Violence Awareness walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Doctors Memorial Hospital.

“This will include a walk for anyone who can get pledges to raise money,” explained Missy Sword Lee, Chair of the Washington Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force, at a previous event. “The walk will be around the hospital's walking path. There will also be a ‘walk in her shoes’ event for men to participate by wearing high heels for pledge money.”

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