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Recognizing domestic abuse

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Gina Brun from the Cross Road Crisis Center says they are working with the new Domestic Violence Task Force to  help victims get out of and dangerous  and abusive relationships. Gina Brun from the Cross Road Crisis Center says they are working with the new Domestic Violence Task Force to  help victims get out of and dangerous  and abusive relationships.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can contact (419) 228-4357 for help. If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can contact (419) 228-4357 for help.

According to statistics from the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 10  men are victims of domestic abuse. Tiffany May from the Lima Prosecutors Office says the first step to getting help is recognizing you are a victim. Whether it's of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, May says domestic violence does not discriminate and it can happen to anyone. 
 
"Just want to stress to people that you can get out of it you can get on the good side of it and get away from them but you have to be able to take that chance and you know that hey I'm going to have to live someplace else maybe a shelter or something for a period of time until the coast is clear," says May.

Gina Brun from the Cross Road Crisis Center says they are working with the new Domestic Violence Task Force to  help victims get out of and dangerous  and abusive relationships.

"Reach out to the prosecutors office let somebody know we develop and help people develop safety plans so that they know what to do," says Brun.

Brun says many times victims don't get help out of fear or embarrassment and leaving an unhealthy relationship is not always as easy as it seems.  

 "It's that uncertainty of what might happen is the scariest thing in the world," says Brun.

May says when victims are ready to leave it's important to have a safety plan to avoid dangerous situations and having a good support system that encourages you helps.

"Many times the women don't have the support system they need to get out whether it be through public services for their own private family," says May. 

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can contact (419) 228-4357 for help.

"If it's not safe to be in Lima we will actually reach out to other communities to see about the sheltering in another area," says Brun. 

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