The Herald Bulletin

September 29, 2012

Special report: Faces of domestic violence


The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Cynthia Achenbach. Tina Alvey-Davis. Debra Aynes. Amanda Brinker. Daniel Clark. Joshua Delph. Robynn Delph. Gloria Llamas Llanas. Oralia Llamas Llanas-Contreras. Kristy Gissendanner. Camdon Adam Huffman. Kristina Lamberson. Megan Rider. Swann Sawyer. Neal Shull Jr. Fredericka J. Smith. Tina Tomlinson. Amanda Wiles.

Since 2003, domestic violence has stolen the lives of at least 18 people from Madison County. A recent spate of deaths, including those of Wiles and Shull, have brought the epidemic to the forefront of community consciousness.

Beginning today, The Herald Bulletin will publish a five-part series to examine domestic violence’s causes and results and to address the painful questions that punctuate the issue: Why here? Why now? Why us?

The series will continue each Sunday through October, which is domestic violence awareness month. Today, we begin with profiles of five victims. Profiles of the 13 others, as well as articles about survivors and perpetrators, will follow in coming weeks.

In addition, reporter Abbey Doyle will dig deep into the dark heart of domestic violence with in-depth reports on why victims go back to those who’ve abused them, how police and courts cope with an avalanche of domestic violence incidents, and what the Indiana General Assembly could do to shape laws to better prevent and intervene in domestic violence.

We’re also working with local authorities to plan a panel discussion on domestic violence at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Anderson High School. Mark the date on your calendar.

Cynthia Achenbach. Tina Alvey-Davis. Debra Aynes. Amanda Brinker. Daniel Clark. Joshua Delph. Robynn Delph. Gloria Llamas Llanas. Oralia Llamas Llanas-Contreras. Kristy Gissendanner. Camdon Adam Huffman. Kristina Lamberson. Megan Rider. Swann Sawyer. Neal Shull Jr. Fredericka J. Smith. Tina Tomlinson. Amanda Wiles.

Each death a senseless tragedy. And each represents thousands of other cases of domestic violence that simmer under the surface, shielded from public scrutiny. Our hope is the telling of these 18 stories — and the exploration of the local epidemic — will help make the national “No More” campaign against domestic violence a reality in Madison County.

VICTIM PROFILES