Domestic violence victim recounts her experience

LAS VEGAS - Domestic violence is a problem in the Las Vegas valley.

A Metro police spokesman says officers are trained to understand domestic abuse is a clear path to homicide. 

"There's always ways to avoid violence," said Metro Lt. Dan McGrath.

A metro police spokesman says domestic violence calls are among the most common for officers and they focus on three issues:

The relationship between two people, whether a battery occurred and the timeframe of when it may have happened.

"I just knew that I didn't want to be a news story. I didn't want that for my kids," said Julie, who asked not to be identified.

She has photos she took of bruises her ex-husband gave her. She finally left and went to the Safe Nest domestic violence shelter in 2015.

"It just clicked one day too that I had to go."

She says the man she calls her abuser was never arrested and that the abuse happened for years behind closed doors.

But she says, others may have seen small signs here and there. She now stresses the importance of intervening.

"Everybody should just be, hey are you okay?"

Julie says after she left the shelter for survivors of domestic abuse, she needed to get her stuff from the home she shared with her ex. Police were there to make sure it happened safely. But what she remembers from that experience was she wishes the officers had been more compassionate.

A spokesman for Metro says officers do receive a lot of training for domestic violence situations because they respond to them so much. They also provide information to possible victims such as how to get a restraining order.

 


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