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Stopping Domestic Abuse Across The Valley

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While we don't know exactly happened inside the Roger home, but we can say that it's a tragic example of domestic violence in our community.  And abuse can happen to any person.

"Domestic violence is all about power and control not just an act of violence." says Rape and Abuse Crisis Center Executive Director Greg Diehl.

A neighbor remembers back to the first day she saw, and heard the Rogers. Amelia Wegscheid talked about that day, "She was just swearing up a storm, yelling at him telling him what to do. And he just took it, and did what she said, and he was just kind of quiet about the whole thing."

Greg Diehl says they see children, women and even men come into their center. Last year they saw more than 730 males from around the area. "There is that mis-conception that it only happens to women." Diehl says.

And it could be happening right next door. "If she treated him like that all the time, I mean someone gets to their breaking point and they just can't take it." Amelia says.

Many ask the question if there's abuse in a household, why don't people seek help, but as Diehl explains for some men it can be embarrassing. Also leaving can be more difficult than you imagine.

"They've been so beaten down, it's very difficult for them to even feel that sense of self empowerment, to make that step to leave that relationship or to go get help." says Diehl.

He also says it's everyone's job to help stop the violence in our community. "Domestic violence is everyone's business. Anybody who is neighbors of somebody and they hear fighting, noises that might suggest physical violence, pushing, slapping, I would encourage them to call law enforcement."

The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Prairie St. John's and the Fargo Police Department have partnered together to spread the message that it's everyone's business. And all agree it's always better to check on a home and have no problems, than to let an abusive relationship go on.

If you or a loved one needs help, it's available 24/7 the number is: 701-293-7273.

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