This past summer I had the honor and privilege to serve as an intern performing research and contributing to the above mentioned Homicide Study at Jane Doe, Inc. (JDI).* We collectively poured over death certificates, court records, news articles and interviewed district attorneys, advocates, etc. It was a humbling experience and profoundly rewarding because even though it was painful, it was also quite something to know that maybe some good will come from such suffering. The victims for the most part were every day people who worked and had families. Some of the victims were children, grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, significant others, friends, coworkers of the abused and the abuser. They ranged in age from a young child to a couple in their late 70s and in social class from the very poor to middle class to wealthy. They represent many ethnicities. They were indeed a picture of America.
The common thread in all of them was that they were victims/perpetrators of domestic abuse and family violence. I sincerely believe that this work is really important and will hopefully continue to foster change within the system and promote awareness.
Please click the title above to be directed to Jane Doe's website to review the report. Read it. Pass along the information. And if you know of someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, make sure they see this report. Or refer them to your local domestic violence organization. Help is out there.
*Jane Doe is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for victims (female and male) of sexual assault and domestic violence. www.janedoe.org
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
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