Violence and Protection

Have you ever experienced something so traumatic you didn’t know what to do? Someone breaking into your home. Someone trying to rob you. Someone bullying you. If you see someone that is getting abused or things are happening to them it would be best to say something to someone.

As a police officer or resource officer, it can be scary dealing with violence/ violent crimes. As teens in high school, it may be scary if a parent or guardian is going through domestic violence right in front of them. One in six women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking during their lifetimes. In that period there may also experience domestic violence and sexual harassment.

Every year at least ten million people go through one of those types of violence. In idaho the number of violent crimes that happen each year can vary but it is around 3,888. The number of crime rates per 1,000 residents is 2.26.

Adults or teens going through violence may be scared. Some find the courage to leave the relationship or situation, but others may be too scared. In that case, the person doing the violence to the other may be “winning the battle.”

Some actions you can take to protect yourself are, avoid being alone in the dark and make sure someone knows where you are going at all times. If you are an adult and are dealing with domestic violence, you maybe should carry something like a pocket knife, less than six inches.

As a wife of a former police officer, dealing with domestic violence cases could be scary. Teacher, Danielle Dimick said, “If someone was trying to harm my child at my house, the best I can do if my husband wasn’t around is to try and talk the problem out and to slowly control the situation by talking.”