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Learn how you can train to spot and report domestic violence

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Law enforcement officials are specifically trained to respond to domestic disturbances. Officials say domestic violence situations can be more difficult than other calls because in many cases, children are in the homes. 

Kristina Korobov, a deputy prosecutor in Indianapolis, teaches everything from how to approach a domestic violence situation, to how to get victims to cooperate during prosecution. Most importantly, she says, is crushing the myths.

"A lot of things people believe about domestic violence, they're simply not accurate, a belief that once a victim has been hit, that she'll never go back, a belief that offenders only do this because they're on drugs or alcohol, also not true," Korobov said.
 
Korobov said domestic violence generally occurs and stays behind closed doors.  

"Crimes that often times go completely undetected until the victim's body tells a secret," she said.

Therefore, the training isn't just for law enforcement or officials with child protective services.

The training is open to the public so that more people are trained to recognize and report domestic violence.  

One new member of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office is trained to recognize domestic violence that doesn't leave bruises.  

"Domestic violence, it can be verbal, it doesn't always have to be physical, just because there aren't no marks, doesn't mean that domestic violence hasn't occurred, so you can't always go just based off what you see, that's why you have a dig a little bit deeper and get to the bottom of it," Deputy Matthew Ryan Elrod said.

Victims often retract statements and defend their abusers, which is why officials need the public to be trained to spot domestic violence.

"There are times when someone sees or someone hears something and we'd really encourage those people to pick up the phone and call and be willing to come to court because you never know when you're saving the life of a child who's growing up in that home," Korobov said.

The training is free and open to the public on Tuesday, April 9. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Vectren Auditorium at Ivy Tech Community College. 

For more information on local efforts to end domestic violence, visit Speak Up Tri-State.

For more information on Albion Fellows Bacon Center, which sponsors this training, click here.

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