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Faces of Domestic Violence

September 29, 2012

Special Report: Faces of domestic violence

Epidemic strikes Madison County

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 violences 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.

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  • 1028 news Domestic Violence illustration06 - Copy.JPG Who can stop domestic violence? You

    The elimination of abuse in relationships — with time, cooperation and commitment — is possible, said Colleen Yeakle, coordinator of the Indiana Coalition of Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) prevention initiative.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo 5 Stories

  • Legislation comes a long way, but more change needed

    Each year the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence sets its legislative priorities based on year-round discussions with its members and legislators to see what needs are out there and what is going on in the field.

    October 27, 2012

  • 1028 news Empty Table Settings 18a.jpg Children affected by abuse too

    While some may think the atmosphere at Alternatives, the Anderson domestic violence shelter, would be a somber one, instead it is a building filled with laughter and joy.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • Gissendanner, Kristy.jpg Kristy Gissendanner: 'Vivacious and sweet'

    Six-day-old Gabrielle Gissendanner and her 18-month-old brother Michael weren’t far from their mom when Harry Gissendanner shot and killed Kristy in their Anderson home in 2004.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • John Davis: ‘Defined by your actions and inactions’

    John Davis wants his pain to make a difference. He’s hopeful sharing what he experienced and witnessed growing up will empower someone else to leave a dangerous situation or avoid it altogether.

    October 27, 2012

  • ‘It was life-altering’

    Casey Huffman should have taken her son Camdon to his first day of kindergarten this year. She should be picking out a Halloween costume for him. She should be thinking about how to help him achieve his hopes and dreams. Instead, Casey mourns over his all-too-early death.

    October 27, 2012

  • Tomlinson, Tina.tif Tina Tomlinson: 'She was a hoot'

    Tina Tomlinson was just “plain fun,” her family recalled. The mother of two and dedicated grandmother was someone family could look to for a good time.

    October 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • 1024 news Domestic violence forum 108a.jpg Domestic violence prevention is possible, expert says

    Gender stereotypes are just one thing that Todd Cawthorn and five other speakers, during a 90-minute panel discussion Tuesday night, talked about that create an environment where domestic violence is accepted.

    October 23, 2012 3 Photos

  • 1023 news Dating violence talk 33a.jpg Teens can be victims of domestic violence, too

    Dating violence has been seen locally in relationships as young as sixth grade, Alternatives Inc. prevention specialist Todd Cawthorn said.

    October 22, 2012 2 Photos

  • 1021 news pendleton town court 020.jpg Justice for victims

    While a protective order is an important piece of the legal puzzle that domestic violence victims have to solve, Judge Stephen Clase stresses to each that it is, after all, “just a piece of paper.” “They won’t stop a knife or a bullet,” he said. “I tell them they need to be on guard at all times.”

    October 20, 2012 1 Photo

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  • Where to find help

    Alternatives Inc., 24-hour crisis line
    (765) 643-0200 or (866) 593-9999
    Kandi Floyd, Christy Clark, Dara Tracy -- victim’s advocates
    Victims Assistance Program, Madison County Sheriff’s Department
    (765) 646-4078 or (765) 646-4079
    Gay Doss, Jaime Wilhoite -- victim assistance providers
    Victim Assistance Program, Madison County Prosecutor‘s Office
    (765) 641-9673
    Melinda Padgett, Karla Montgomery, Alison Lutz, Gracie Roman, Laura Evans -- victim assistance providers
    Victim Assistance Unit, Anderson Police Department
    (765) 648-6773, Lessa Johnson, Christy Jones -- victim assistance specialists
    Sowers of Seeds Counseling, Batters’ Intervention Program
    (765) 649-3452
    Vaughn Walker -- supervisor

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