Scott Co. Group Loads Luggage to Assist Domestic Violence Victims

Georgetown, Ky. (WKYT) – More than 70 volunteers collected to load luggage in Scott County for people who need to leave a domestic circumstance. The Scott County Hospitality House partnered with the Georgetown Police Department to make this happen.

” We have domestic violence victims who are coming through the door every single day, many days several victims,” Georgetown Police Department’s Meghan Shook stated.

Oftentimes it’s an issue kept peaceful behind closed doors.

” On the outdoors, it seems to us if you’re being harmed you must simply leave, but they also love that person so it’s a huge psychological obstacle,” Shook stated.

Every 60 seconds almost 20 people someplace in our nation are physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Kandice Whitehouse, with Scott County Hospitality House, stated, “I think all of us have that a person example of what we think domestic violence appears like, but it can be physical abuse, psychological abuse, monetary abuse, sexual assault.”.

It’s not simply something that takes place to somebody; It’s occurring in our neighborhoods, to people we understand and these 3 ladies [Shook, Whitehouse and Emily Metcalfe], together with many others, are working to stop the preconception, release worries and get rid of barriers.

Shook stated, “There’s no specific race, there’s no particular color. It’s males, it’s women. It’s not a financial issue.”.

To take on the issue, they’re beginning with the fundamentals.

” We loaded a bag of toiletries, a first-aid set, a book called ‘It’s My Life Now’ and it has to do with next actions after leaving a violent relationship,” Emily Metcalfe, with AmeriCorps VISTA, stated.

They’re loading travel suitcases, lots of them. It’s called the ‘Seeking Solace Suitcase Project’ and Georgetown cops will have the travel suitcases on hand.

Shook, a victim’s supporter for the department, informed WKYT typically it takes a person 7 attempts to leave a violent relationship. These females are hoping the luggage will help to open those closed doors a little much easier.

” They are capable and they are strong and they’ve made it through this and they’re not a victim, they’re a survivor,” Shook stated.

She stated if you’re a victim of domestic violence, go to your local cop’s department or constable’s workplace for help.