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Resources for victims of domestic violence

ABOUT."DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTSTHOUSANDS OF PEOPLE EVERYYEAR..

IN TULSA COUNTYALONE.

BUT..

VICTIMS INRURAL COMMUNITIES... MIGHTNOT KNOW WHERE TO TURN IF ITBECOMES REALITY.2 WORKS FOR YOU'S CHRISDIMARIA... SHOWS US WHERETHEY CAN FIND HELP..

INTHEIR MOST CRITICAL TIME.KAREN LEWIS / W.I.S.H.

COURTADVOCATE: "THE MOSTIMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBERIS THAT PROTECTION ORDER ISJUST A PIECE OF PAPER."KAREN LEWIS..

AND WOMEN INSAFE HOME..

"WISH"... WANTDOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS TOKNOW THEY'RE NOT ALONE..

ANDREACHING OUT FOR HELP..

CANLITERALLY SAVE THEIR LIVES.KAREN LEWIS / W.I.S.H.

COURTADVOCATE: "DURING THE FIRST24 TO 48 HOURS AFTERSEPARATION IS THE MOSTDANGEROUS FOR A VICTIM."LEWIS HELPS VICTIMS FILEPROTECTION ORDERS..

BUT SHESAYS MOST TIMES, THOSEORDERS DON'T PROTECTVICTIMS..

OR THEIRFAMILIES..

FROM PHYSICALVIOLENCE.KAREN LEWIS / W.I.S.H.

COURTADVOCATE: "WE PROVIDE THATSAFE HAVEN FOR THEM TO GO,BECAUSE IF THEY GO BACK HOMEOR GO TO A RELATIVE'S HOME,THEY'RE EASILY LOCATED."LAST YEAR, WISH HELPED MORETHAN 400 WOMEN IN MUSKOGEECOUNTY ALONE.

BUT, THEY SAY,THAT'S STILL LESS THAN HALFTHE NUMBER OF CASES INTHE COUNTY.

IN TULSACOUNTY..

ORGANIZATIONS LIKEDOMESTIC VIOLENCEINTERVENTION SERVICES HELPMORE THAN 3,500 VICTIMSEVERY YEAR..

THEY SAY IT ALLSTARTS WITH SPEAKING UP.MEGAN MARTIN / D.V.I.S.LEGAL SERVICES VP: "WE WORKWITH WHAT THE CLIENT IS ABLEAND WILLING TO DO.

IT HAS TOBE A CHOICE THE CLIENTMAKES, IT HAS TO BE A TIMETHAT THEY ARE READY AND ITHAS TO BE DONE IN A MANNERTHAT'S SAFE." FOR THOSE WHOMAY NOT KNOW WHERE TO TURN -THERE ARE RESOURCES ALLAROUND AND PEOPLE TO HELPLOCATE THEM.

LEWIS SAYS THEEASIEST AND SAFEST ROUTE INTHOSE CASES..

IS CALLING THEOKLAHOMA SAFELINE.KAREN LEWIS / W.I.S.H.

COURTADVOCATE: "IT'S CRITICALFOR THEIR LIFE THAT THEYCONTACT A SHELTER OR ANADVOCATE SO THAT WE CAN WORKA SAFETY PLAN, AND IT'SHIGHLY CRITICAL THAT THEYCONSIDER COMING IN TO ASHELTER FOR THEIR IMMEDIATESAFETY." CHRIS DIMARIA, 2WORKS FOR YOU.YOU CAN FIND THAT PHO




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