Domestic violence has been a silent killer in homes, schools, and communities for years. Friday the Domestic Violence Shelter- Transitions- hosted their annual luncheon to recognize, end and heal domestic abuse.
Keynote Speaker and Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Ron Welch has seen the impact abuse has on families. He said one in four women will at some point be exposed to abuse, whether it's mental or physical it has an effect.
"A lot of people want to know why the victims don't just leave and there is a reason for that," said Welch. "A lot of the time it's a financial situation, many times there are children in the home, and to just pack up, move out of your home and go live in a home is a decision, and not an easy one."
A victim of domestic violence in both high school and her first marriage Executive Director of Transitions Molly Correllus knows first-hand the pain of abuse. Today she wants to encourage other women to recognize their self-worth.
"I would like to, through my experience if I can, help someone else to get out of an abusive relationship," said Correllus, "to better their lives and their children's lives and to break the silence of abuse, then my job is well worth what I do."
Transitions is located in Zanesville and serves women in Muskingum, Morgan and Perry Counties.
If you or someone you know is victim of domestic abuse call the Transitions Hotline at 740-454-3213.