Domestic violence is on the rise in Shawnee County - KTKA.com
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 02:59 P.M., OCTOBER 20, 2009
UPDATED 05:48 P.M., OCTOBER 20, 2009
"I remember curling up in a ball to protect her from the kicks,"
domestic violence survivor, Claudine Dombrowski, described.
Claudine Dombrowski is a survivor to domestic violence, a
cycle she went back to many times. "I had a choice I could
see my daughter or I could never see her again. The abuser
had complete control, so I got my daughter back and went
back to him."
Going back to an abusive relationship is a problem District Attorney Chad Taylor said his
office sees quite often. "We see it everyday, and it's just a matter of the psychology of the
cycle of abuse," Taylor said.
The number of cases coming across Taylor's desk is growing. "Our year to date
projections for 2009 total is going to be an increase of about 80 percent for the domestic
battery cases that we filed," Taylor said.
Claudine fights to help women like herself who have fallen in the hands of abuse. "This
was the crow bar, and then I was beaten and raped," Dombrowski said.
She said she never reported her beatings until after her daughter was born.
Taylor said it happens often, "It goes from bruises to hospitalization, to like we said this is
all about homicide prevention."
Claudine said even if you haven't been a victim, you probably know someone who has
and you can help them. "Don't think it's you...get rid of the scarlet letter of shame, it's the
most important thing."
Taylor wants to show there's help out there for victims. "Making this a priority and letting
people know that this will not be tolerated in our community," Taylor said.
Taylor's office gave us statisitics on Domestic Violence in 2008 the DA's office received