Sun Sentinel Publishes JFS Letter to the Editor Educating Against Domestic Violence

This letter was published in the Sun Sentinel on September 16, 2014.

September  11, 2014

Letters to the Editor
Sun Sentinel

To the Editor:

The emergence of the video exposing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's unjustifiable domestic abuse perpetrated against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer should serve as a wake-up call. The American tragedy so aptly described in your Sept. 10 editorial, "Rice case shows time for a flag on domestic abuse," exists right here in our own backyard.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 5,537 domestic violence offenses were reported in Palm Beach County in 2013. That is a staggering statistic. Even more disturbing is the number of cases that may have never been reported as women suffered in silence and family members who become aware of such atrocities remained in denial. Janay's story is the story of many in our local community. Domestic abuse is non-discriminatory. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of socioeconomic status or religious affiliation.

The most important thing we can do as a community is to become better educated about how domestic abuse happens, and what to do about it if you or someone you know is engaged in an abusive relationship. Turning a blind eye, or pretending not to see a volatile situation is not the answer. Help is available, and you are not alone.

Danielle Hartman, President and CEO
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services
Boca Raton, Florida

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