Letter to the Editor – Domestic Violence - Daily Hudson Valley News

Letter to the Editor – Domestic Violence

Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: OP ED

Domestic Violence

In today’s society sometimes we overlook what’s right under our noses or in our own back yards.  As chief of the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department one of my jobs is to monitor criminal activity.  Typically, we see a spike in certain crimes during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  One of those spikes is domestic violence. Many victims of this crime are afraid to come forward and say they are a victim. Some don’t want the embarrassment and all too many times victims don’t want to pursue charges.

Let me relay a domestic violence call that came into our department during the holiday season.  A male and his girlfriend were at their home arguing over how she lost her credit card.  The male became irate and began punching her in the face numerous times.  He then began to slam her head into the wall and finally picked up a microwave oven and hit her atop of the head.  The female subsequently went to the hospital with a large laceration and scull fracture.

This was a true incident occurring in Pike County and these types of crimes are becoming all too common.  The female in this case was “lucky” and survived.  Increasingly in Pike County we see domestic fatalities.  As police we tend to be a reactive agency in these types of situations, which means we are called after the event happens.  Hopefully by writing this we can become more proactive in helping to prevent these types of crimes.  We need your help.

It is never right for someone to hit or touch you in any way that makes you uncomfortable. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.  You should report these incidents; if not to the police then to a teacher, a relative, a doctor or even just a friend.  In order for us to help you, you need to want help.  There are many agencies available to you as a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

I can’t say that in all cases we are going to be able to prosecute the offender, but we have no chance if we don’t know the crime is occurring.  The police want to put an end to domestic and sexual violence and to make our neighborhoods a safer place to live.  For more information on seeking help visit our website at www.eprpd.org.

Chad Stewart
Matamoras, PA

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