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October 9, 2013

Moore church airs documentary, hosts dialogue to help residents learn how to help victims

NORMAN — MOORE –– A free screening of the documentary “Telling Amy’s Story” brought a handful of people to Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College on Tuesday night in hopes of raising awareness about domestic violence.

Last year, Oklahoma ranked 17th on a national list of victims who are killed as a result of domestic violence.

This year, the state was ranked third, said Tom Nix, a panelist who talked about the film and domestic violence issues after the screening.

The documentary told the story of a woman named Amy McGee who was shot in the head by her husband at point-blank range after years of his abuse. She was trying to leave the relationship when the shooting occurred.

Det. Ron Johnson, another panelist who has worked countless domestic violence cases said the moment when victims make decisions to leave that abusive relationship is often when they are at the most risk because the abuser is losing the power and control they have over the victim.

However, many social service agencies are working together now to prevent another “Amy” situation.

Cleveland County has organized a Coordinated Community Response Team that brings several agencies together to help victims get the help they need. The team consists of every law enforcement agency in the county, the District Attorney’s office, the Women’s Resource Center, OU Women’s Outreach, probation officers, an offenders council and a ministerial alliance group.

Representatives meet to discuss cases and talk about what they can do to make sure these victims get the help they need and make sure the community is aware of how they can help, as well.

Johnson advised if a friend or family member is in a situation like this, reach out to them and support them, let them know of resources that are available to them and, if need be, get the police involved. Often times, the victim is isolated from their support structure, he said.

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