HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - "It's extremely dangerous. Lives are lost every single day," says Crisis Services of North Alabama Domestic Violence Advocate Bill Farris.
Domestic violence can hide in plain sight, and there are some harmful misconceptions about the people who suffer in these situations.
One of the notions that Crisis Services of North Alabama seeks to correct is that victims can just up and leave a threatening circumstance.
Farris points out, "If you try to leave, it becomes even more dangerous. Statistically, 73% of domestic violence homicides occur when the victim tries to leave."
Here's where Crisis Services come into play. They know the struggles of domestic violence, and they know how best to thwart them.
Farris pleads, "Let us help you. We'll help you plan to get away. We'll help you plan how you do it, and the steps you need to take to make sure you do it safely. If you decide you want to stay in the relationship, let us help you stay safe. Let us help you develop a safety plan."
There's information out there. There's help out there. You just have to trust it and take advantage.
To reach Crisis Services of North Alabama, you can call 211, (256) 716-1000, or 1-800-273-TALK(8255).