Expert: Domestic Violence Lives in Every Neighborhood

11:00 PM, Oct 13, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- It's a crime that happens every day and often silently.  Experts say it's hidden in our homes and masked by the victim's strength.

On Thursday, a woman was murdered at the Steeplechase Apartments on Adams Farm Parkway.  Police say 27-year-old Brandon Bender shot and killed 28-year-old Anstin Alston.

Bender barricaded himself in the apartment they shared and reportedly shot himself. 

Back in April of 2011, Rebecca Fries was charged with second-degree murder after police say she stabbed and killed Abshard Bass, her boyfriend.

In June of 2012, Brian Allgood, a Yadkinville man, was charged with attempted murder after shooting his wife in the head.

One in 4 women are victims of domestic violence and according to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, since 2002, 766 people have been murdered by a domestic partner in our state.

Domestic violence manifests in many different ways, whether it's physical, mental, or verbal -- it's a crime that touches every neighborhood.

"It does not discriminate according to where you live, who you are, where you work, whether you're blue collar, white collar, it affects everyone in the community," said Sonya Desai.

Desai is a victims advocate at Family Services of the Piedmont.

As a part of her job, she works closely with the Greensboro Police Department and their family victims unit.

Each day she goes by police headquarters and gets her cases and each day, she's assigned at least 5 new ones.

But she says those are only the reported cases.

"As far as statistics, it's hard to tell sometimes with domestic violence because they are scared, sometimes they don't know it's a crime," said Desai. "It's important that people see the signs from the beginning, some of that power and control behavior can detect that the abuse will escalate."

There is help and resources for victims of domestic abuse.

The Family Services of the Piedmont has a 24-hour-crisis line that will give victims their options, help them develop a safety plan and provide resources to get out of their violent situation.

The number is 336-273-7273.

WFMY News 2

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