By Ali Balgooyen, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
The Ohio Domestic Violence network held a workshop Thursday evening to explain to men what they can do to end domestic violence within the lima community.
The hope is that men will get on the forefront of domestic violence, rather than being by-standers.
Domestic violence has affected the Lima community more than once this year. In July 45-year-old Randy Glen shot and killed his estranged wife and 20-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself. On Wednesday night, Lima saw what's believed to be its second domestic violence related murder of the year. Police were called to 812 West Street and found the body of Valeda Thomas. She appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. Her boyfriend, 48-year-old Timothy Brown, was taken into custody.
With tonight's workshop, community members hope men will step up and say something before it is too late.
Rus Funk from Men's Work Inc. says there are a few things men can do to prevent domestic violence. If you know your friend is abusing his partner, say something. Let him know it's unacceptable. If you see further signs of abuse, call authorities.