Sheriff’s Office Continues Domestic Violence Awareness Efforts

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Michaela Madison Reporting

(Friday, October 6th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to consider the mindset of the victims of domestic violence amid the national awareness campaign.

Sheriff Orvis Campbell explained that people often ask, ‘why doesn’t the person just leave?’

“They have to worry about where they are going to live and where their children are going to live and go to school and how they’re going to support themselves,” Sheriff Campbell said. “This conditioning of a victim takes place over a great amount of time.”

Sheriff Campbell added the victims are usually convinced to give up critical resources.

“Talked into a situation where you had your own vehicle and now finances are tight and now suddenly the abuser suggests that the two of you need only one vehicle,” he explained. “You’ve suddenly changed your entire lifestyle and changed your independence.”

Sheriff Campbell noted the abusers also can get victims to stay by being extremely apologetic following verbal and physical altercations.

“They are often described as the most romantic person that the victim has ever come into contact with and then the same thing happens after violence. There are tremendous apologies and flowers and gifts and promises to never do it again.”

National statistics suggest that one in three women have fallen victim to rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

In part three of the series with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Campbell will discuss the frequency of domestic violence-related crimes has caused the public to see the problem as less severe when in reality it’s one of the most destructive crimes.

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