City holds emotional meeting on domestic violence

- FILE - New Haven City Hall (WTNH)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The issue took center stage Tuesday at at New Haven’s City Hall.

It was an emotional meeting of the reality of Domestic Violence in Connecticut. Victims of domestic violence spoke out being honest about the fear they face calling out the accuser, but talking about the power of putting a face to the victim. They noted it’s not just adults who face domestic violence but children who are exposed everyday inside their own homes.

A victim spoke about the guilt she feels about taking years of abuse.

“As a mother, you can’t get over, I did this to my child because I didn’t leave,” she said.

The group held hands talking about the strength and unity of the community and the need to be strong to address domestic violence. Officials from the city stressed there’s zero tolerance for domestic violence and the city is devoted to putting a stop to the pain on families, the community, and city as a whole

If you’re in a situation where you feel you can’t safely leave and you need to speak to someone about the domestic violence in your own home, go to Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website.

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