Group: Stopping the violence and bloodshed starts at home
Col. Yvette Gentry
Members of the University of Louisville women's basketball team
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As the wave of violence continues in Kentuckiana, more and more people and agencies are coming together to stop the violence and the bloodshed. Many seem to agree that to stop it, it all starts at home.
"He kind of like hit on me when she was a baby," said Terri Jones in describing her ex-boyfriend.
Jones is a mother of a 2-year-old; she's also a victim of domestic violence.
"She was a baby and she was in the room and he was fighting on me," Jones told WAVE 3.
Jones got help - and got out - of that abusive home, but far too many don't.
"There really needs to be a lot more education and conversation," said Marta Miranda, president of the Center for Women and Families.
According to Miranda there's a direct relationship between the violence at home, and the violence we're seeing more and more of on the streets of Kentuckiana.
"A lot of the kids, particularly those who are violent come from domestic violent homes," said Miranda, "and a lot of workplace violence has a domestic violence component. So we really need to start looking at those beginning places about how we learn to cope and what we teach our children."
"We wonder why young men are killing each other on the streets and it's because of the example they're seeing at home," said Col. Yvette Gentry of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
More people appear to be getting behind that message and they packed Walnut Street Baptist Church. The University of Louisville women's basketball team and a dozen other community agencies came out to get the word out to wipe the violence out. It's a lesson Jones takes to heart.
"I try to teach my daughter not to hit nobody unless they hit her first because I don't what her to grow up like her father because he's like a woman beater," Jones said.
She is also happy they're both out of harm's way.
"He's where he needs to be locked up," Jones said.
Officials say that for every victim, there are three dozen people who could have spoken up to help, but chose not to get involved.
There are several free resources and shelter for victims. For more information, click the following links:
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