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The Story of Amy – A Domestic Violence Statistic

A new documentary about domestic violence called, “Telling Amy’s Story” is being broadcast tonight at 7 pm on PBS (WHYY Channel 12 in the Bucks County area). This documentary, was made possible through a collaboration between Penn State Public Broadcasting and the Verizon Foundation and is urgently needed to: help open discussions with anyone you believe is being abused, show a path for change to those who are abused, and raise awareness of this pervasive crime in our midst.

It is the story of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two, who was a victim of domestic violence for many years and whose husband fatally shot her in the head at point-blank range in front of her children and parents on November 8, 2001, in “Happy Valley” aka State College, Central Pennsylvania. The documentary is hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by detective Deirdri Fishel. It includes the victim’s parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel who share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death.

While it is extremely sad that the ending to Amy’s story can never be changed hopefully the telling of it can impact outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day.

The statistics are staggering…

One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, according to the National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. Or, in the words of actress and activist Mariska Hargitay, who provides both a poignant introduction and candid post-movie conversation about the film, while you watch the 50-minute video another 700 women will be abused.

As you finish reading this post, keep this in mind: If the current rate of abuse continues, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Count off every fourth woman you pass today to feel the full impact of that statistic.”1

The reality is frightening…

1From article, “Telling Amy’s Story” http://ilookbothways.com/

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