“Rise Up” event raises domestic violence awareness

The courthouse green was filled with people raising awareness of domestic violence Friday.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) One in four women and one in seven men are victims of domestic violence as some point in their lives.

To raise awareness for the issue the Fort Wayne Police’s victim assistance office held and event called “Rise Up to Domestic Violence” downtown Friday. October is domestic violence awareness month.

“It’s really important to have this event so individuals know that there is hope out there and there are resources available to them,” director of victim assistance Jessica Crozier said.

Crozier said domestic violence wears many different masks.

“Often times they do think it’s just the physical, but it can be verbal, emotional, maybe it’s spiritual abuse,” Crozier said. “There are all types of abuse they can go through.”

Often times it happens in front of children.

“It can be really traumatic for children when they are brought up in that,” Crozier said. “Statistics say that children raised in those types of environments will either take the role of the victim or the abuser.”

It’s something many in our community know all too well.

“Domestic violence remains a concern in our community and has been for quite some time,” Police Chief Steve Reed said. “As you may or may not know some of our homicides this year were domestic in nature.”

In September, three people and an unborn baby were shot and killed by a man who once had a relationship with one of the victims. It’s stories like that one that community leaders never want to happen again, and they want anyone in a violent relationship to know you can rise up and find help.

“We can at least let them know what their rights are and what their options are so when they are ready to do something they know where they can turn to,” Crozier said.

You can contact the victim assistance office at 260-427-1205.