Domestic Violence Prevention

The Pascagoula shooting is just one of the four domestic violence situations turned fatal in the past two weeks along the Gulf Coast.
News 25’s Kendra Turley sits down with experts to discuss the signs leading up to domestic violence and ways to prevent it.
The Gulf Coast has seen a surge of domestic related violence and three cases in the past two weeks have turned deadly.
Sandra Morrison, executive director of the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence, has worked with domestic violence cases for over 30 years and says the root of the abuse is often about power and the need to control. “First, it’s the fear of being hurt. He says ‘if you leave me, I’ll kill you.’ And we’ll hear that old adage, ‘if I can’t have you, no one else can,’ that is true. That happens in domestic violence.”
While the physical abuse is easily recognized, officials warn there are other forms. “There’s sexual assault. There’s financial abuse. There’s spiritual abuse. There’s also emotional abuse that goes on in these relationships. And most often it’s gradual,” said Morrison.
Many times there is a third party involved in domestic violence: children. Children who grow up in a domestically violent atmosphere are more likely to become not only abusers but victims of domestic violence themselves.
“Domestic violence is very much an inter-generational type of problem. We try to combat that here at the Gulf Coast Women’s center with our many different programs that we have,” said Morrison.
In 95 percent of cases, women are the victims. While the psychological turmoil can spiral out of control, there are programs and legal help available. Lt. Christopher De Back with Biloxi PD said, “They need to understand that they don’t have to stay in that situation, whether it’s a man, woman, or child. The resources are there to aid them and facilitate them into getting out of it.”
Police and counselors say the first step to breaking an often continuous, and potentially deadly, cycle must be taken by the victim.

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