Domestic Violence Calls Hit Close to Home

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It can dominate the headlines when it happens to someone on the national stage.
 
But local domestic violence advocates say it’s the victims in your own backyard who need your support the most.
 
It isn’t always easy to spot.
 
But it’s something that can happen in any neighborhood.
 
“The fact that it is 2018 and we’re still dealing with it as much as we do is an issue,” Dave Johnson, Bismarck Police Department, detective says.
 
Last year alone, The Bismarck Police Department responded to more than 1,500 calls of domestic violence.
 
“It doesn’t matter about your financial background, it doesn’t matter about your educational background, it’s all about power and control issues,”  Diane Zainhofsky, executive director, Abused Adult Resource Center says.
 
Bismarck Police say it doesn’t matter where you live, domestic violence can affect anyone and any family.
 
“They’re probably not high profile people that the media is interested in doing a story on but those victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are just as important as the women that have reported their domestic violence around the country,” Zainhofsky says.
 
When first responders answer a domestic violence call, they often enlist help outside the force.
 
“One of the most important things we are doing is making sure we’re aligning our victims with the resources that they need,” Johnson says.
 
That resource: The Abused Adult Resource Center.
 
Last year, the center saw more than 1,100 new clients.
 
“I think in today’s world people are just a little bit more empowered to reach out for some help,” Zainhofsky says.
 
And reaching out can mean picking up the phone.
 
“When women make a decision to call our hotline I think it’s really important for us to let them know they don’t have to make any decisions,”  Zainhofsky says. 
 
But picking up that phone can be their  first step.
 
“My message to women and men that are in violent relationships is that they don’t have to do this alone,” Zainhofsky says.
 
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you can call the Abused Adult Resource Center’s 24-Hour Emergency Hotline at 1-866-341-7009.
 
And if you live in any of these areas you can call here.
Dickinson: Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center, 888-662-7378
Minot: Domestic Violence Crisis Center 800-398-1098
Williston: Family Crisis Shelter, 701-572-0757

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