District Attorney Jack Browning says he wants to educate the community about the crime of domestic violence.
He said this time of year is tough for many families. Some are paying off Christmas debt and have an uncertain employment future.
“During times of stress, incidents of domestic violence can increase.
I am working to get the message out that there is never an excuse for someone to become a victim of violence,” Browning said.
Browning is urging domestic abuse victims, and those who genuinely are concerned for a friend or relative’s safety, to call Our House Crisis
Line at 770-749-9330 or the Georgia Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN. Browning says that just by calling one of the hotlines, a victim can tap into resources to create a personal safety plan and an exit strategy.
There are also legal options, he said.
“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding legal advocate serving our area. Those victims wanting help with obtaining protective orders may call the Office of the Legal Advocate at 770-748-6633,” Browning said.
Browning also offers this advice.
If you are still in the relationship:
·Think about and make a list of safe people to contact.
·Keep change with you at all times.
·Memorize all important numbers.
·Establish a "code word or sign" so that family, friends, teachers,
or co-workers know when to call for help.
·Think about what you will say should violence erupt.
·Remember you have the right to live without fear and violence.
If you have left the relationship:
·Change your phone number.
·Save and document all contacts, messages, injuries or other
incidents involving the batterer.
·Change locks, if the batterer has a key.
·Avoid staying alone.
·Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner.
·If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place.
·Vary your routine.
·Notify school and work contacts.