Police: “Don’t let it get to this point”; recent domestic-violence murder is a reminder to speak up against abuse

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - After the murder of 42-year-old Candice Wilson, the Huntsville Police Department wants to remind everyone why it is so important to stand up against domestic violence.

Wilson's boyfriend, 43-year-old Corey Johnson, is accused of stabbing her to death.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. That number comes out to ten million men and women a year.

"Domestic violence is a vicious cycle. For someone who is in a domestic violence relationship, it doesn't get better," said Lt. Stacy Bates.

There's not always an easy way out, but it's possible.

"Don't let it get to this point. You may think it's minor right now but if someone is putting their hands on you, is being physically abusive, verbally abusive, or even nowadays emotionally abusive to you, you've got to do something. You've got to reach out to someone. Don't think that you're alone and that you're the only one going through this. There are tons of other people who are unfortunately going through the same thing as you," explained Bates.

 If you're not in a domestic violence relationship, but know someone who is, you also have a responsibility.

"If you see an abusive relationship going on, then say something to someone. You know, step in, get involved and hopefully end that cycle," Bates said.

The Huntsville Police Department said it's lucky to have resources to help them tackle domestic violence cases.

"We work closely with crisis services, which are domestic violence advocates. They actually have a DV responder program where they have certified people who actually ride along on certain shifts with our police officers," explained Bates.

Those advocates help victims through the process of pressing charges.

"They can go to the appointments, go to the magistrate with them. They can go with them to help them implement protection orders and those type of things so the victim is not left to deal with it on their own," said Bates.

Anyone out there who is reading this and is a victim of domestic violence, you have the power to get out.

If you need advice call Crisis Services of North Alabama at 256-716-1000.