Domestic Violence: Victim says save a life

Domestic Violence:  Victim says save a life

YUMA, Ariz. –  After many prominent cases of domestic violence in which NFL players were allegedly involved in crimes against women, Super Bowl Sunday was a platform to promote anti-violence.

According to the Arizona Coalition to end Sexual and Domestic Violence there were 107 deaths related to domestic violence in 2015. Thirteen of those victims were children ranging in ages from new born to seventeen.

One woman who wished to remain anonymous agrees that more victims can be saved if more people aware of violence speak out.

He was going to kill me that night,” the victim said speaking of her situation.

Diane Umphress, of Amberly’s Place, said a task team was created to collect data in counties in Arizona.  The mission is to figure out how to prevent future deaths by better understanding how to assist victims before a homicide happens.

“What help did they receive, what didn’t they get that they needed, and what could we have done to prevent this,” said Umphress.

The Yuma Police Department reports it received 2,024 calls related to domestic violence last year.  Police often see a spike during certain holidays. Authorities say it is one of the hardest calls a first responder has to take because they never know the exact situation. They also say victims are always straight forward in a situation where they feel vulnerable.

“They don’t want their family member to go to jail. They just kind of want whatever it was to stop,” Lori Franklin said.

In the state of Arizona, by law, police must investigate the cause of any domestic violence incident, however, it does not necessarily mean a person is going to jail. Domestic Violence could be a matter of anything from verbal to physical abuse.

In a response to further prevent violence, recently Governor Doug Ducey formed a task force in Arizona to rid the back log of rape kits. He said he feels government has a responsibility to help those victims.

“I think that’s the responsibility of our government. If we don’t do it who will,” said Ducey.

Amberly’s Place will be hosting an event to help training and learning within domestic violence organizations. Umphress said she hopes it helps support the effort to prevent future violence. She said the grand opening of their new facility recently was a reason Yuma is able to lead the efforts.

“It’s going to be exciting for them to come, see our community and see what our community has been able to create here with Amberly’s Place. ”


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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