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If you think domestic violence isn't your business, think again

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In the last two years the police department has recorded 10 domestic violence homicides.  In many of those cases the victim never filed a police. This group is targeting friends and family to help those who may be afraid to walk away.

Experts say if you think domestic violence isn't your business think again! Toledo police and the YWCA plan to put these posters up in emergency rooms,  rest rooms, churches and salons.
They want family and friends to learn the signs of domestic violence and report it.

"Controlling behaviors is probably the one we look for the most what I mean by that is someone who is isolating their partners so all of a sudden your friend can't go out with you for coffee go shopping, " said the director of the YWCA Womens Battered Shelter, Lynn Jacquot.
 
TPD and the YWCA formed a committee in hopes of bringing more awareness to the problem  after several domestic related murders. They also want to hear from victims who have never filed a report.

"How do I reach out to them how do I communicate with them how can I get them involved in these things if we don't have documented reports," said Toledo Detective Mary Jo Jaggers.
 
"There are people who report to the police that they are actually victims so what we are trying to do is give them an opportunity to have a daft plan," said Toledo Police Sgt. Tim Campbell.
 
A safety plan to leave before things get worse.

"78-85 percent of the time a fatality is going to occur due to a DV its when someone is planning on leaving that is the most critical time to reach out for help, " said Jacquot.

That's why this group is reaching out to family and friends.  

"I wish I could do five things and that would do it. That's what safety planning and talking to someone thats why it works because it does matter it matters what tactics are being used against her it matters whether or not he's violating the law maybe at that point he hasn't Maybe he hasn't violated the law in a year. that doesn't mean she is not in danger trying to leave,"  said Jacquot.     

So police, experts and loved ones don't have to see images like these anymore.

If you are in a violent relationship and want help.  The number to call is 1-888-341-7386.

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