Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

October 8, 2013

New Directions a huge help to local police

Dear Editor:

Statistically speaking, we at the Greensburg Police Department receive on average three to four hundred domestic violence related calls a year.

To some that doesn’t seem like a large number, but that number does not include the statistics from any of the other Law Enforcement agencies in Decatur County.

You must also realize that law enforcement generally only get the most violent cases. For example, a 911 call comes into the Dispatch Center from a neighbor who hears screaming and/or banging around in the apartment next door, and they report that they believe someone is being beaten; or a 911 call comes in from a young child that is terrified because “Daddy is hitting or choking Mommy.”

Law enforcement doesn’t typically get calls from victims asking for assistance unless they are in immediate danger. The victims know if law enforcement is called, they are probably going to get treated (physically, mentally, or emotionally) much worse after our officers leave.

That is where New Directions comes in. The victim is more apt to contact them directly for assistance rather than get law enforcement involved. With the tools and resources New Directions has, they are able to provide that assistance.

Before Diane Moore took over as executive director, the primary function for New Directions was sheltering victims of domestic violence. For whatever reason, there was little or no focus placed on outreach and non-residential services from New Directions at that time. When she took her position more than two years ago, she and her staff quickly realized the sheltering part of the program was only a small portion of the many requests for services they were receiving from victims of domestic violence (often a portion of the calls that law enforcement received that needed immediate attention).

They saw these many other requests for assistance needed to be met. Diane and her staff have since greatly expanded the non-residential services provided by New Directions, and there has been a dramatic increase in requests from victims for these services.

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