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Domestic Abuse on the Main Line (Philadelphia)

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Battered and Blue

  1. 1. MY ACCOUNT | SUBSCRIBER SERVICES | ADVERTISE | ABOUT US | CONTACT US | ARCHIVESH OB ME RES ET S SO T HF A O U P R H P A E IN N A NT E L GS I T G H &CALENDAR NIGHTLIFE HOME & GARDEN WEDDINGS TRAVEL PARTIES & PROMOTIONS RESOURCE GUIDES VIDEOS SUBSCRIBE ADVERTISEMENT EMAIL PRINT FEED Battered and Blue Domestic abuse may be the Main Line area’s best-kept secret—and a potentially deadly one. At least one victim would like to see that change. B Y D A WPUBLISHED OCTOBER 5, 2010 AT 03:07 PM N E . W A R D E N (page 1 of 4) A lex Wake. Ellen Gregory Robb. Fred Robinson. Deborah French. The names may be unfamiliar to you, but not to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. And until Subscribe they became statistics, the only thing Get our Health these four individuals had in common & Wellness supplement was their Main Line zip codes. FREE! In 2002, Wake, a freshman at the Baldwin School, was killed with her mother and grandmother in a senseless act of domestic violence in Ardmore. Subscribe today » Four years later, Robb was brutally murdered by her husband while ADVERTISEMENT converted by
  2. 2. wrapping Christmas presents in thekitchen of her Wayne home. AHaverford School student at the time,Robinson was shot by his father in2008, then witnessed his dad fatallyshoot his mother and himself. Robinsonsurvived—but that wasn’t the case for Illustration by Dav BordeleauFrench, a Devon resident strangled todeath that same year by her boyfriend while she was house-sitting.“We get enough calls to recognize that domestic violence is alive and well on the Main Line,” saysJanine Kelly, community educator for the Women’s Center of Montgomery County. “We didn’t justdrop this office out of the sky.”Like many local domestic violence programs, the Women’s Center depends on state funding, whichhasn’t come easily of late. And yet, when last year’s budget impasse was creating massive cash-flowproblems statewide, Pennsylvania’s network of programs still managed to provide services to morethan 2,500 victims and their children in a single day. A 24-hour census of all 61 domestic violenceprograms across the Commonwealth revealed that on Sept. 15 of last year, 1,190 victims weresheltered and 950 hotline calls were answered.But on that same day, 365 requests for services—including 247 for housing to escape abuse—couldn’t be addressed due to staff and money shortages. Last year, more than 100 domesticviolence workers were laid off in Pennsylvania, while programs fielded 3,000 more requests forshelter than in 2008. Meanwhile, legislation to create additional revenue for services via anincrease in marriage license and divorce-filing fees stalled in the General Assembly, and funding forservices remained flat in the final budget.Locally in 2009, the Women’s Center received 1,200 referrals from police in 42 of 50 policedepartments. It served 330 men and 3,500 women out of its six offices. Elsewhere last year, the In the Current IssueDomestic Abuse Project of Delaware County offered legal counsel to 3,835 victims; emergencyroom personnel at Lankenau Hospital saw 99 patients for domestic-violence-related injuries; and January 2012the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County served an estimated 3,000 victims.“Domestic violence is one of the Main Line’s best-kept secrets,” says Terry Moody, the WestChester-based DVCCC’s director of development and communications. “It’s out there. People justdon’t want to talk about it.” Features Backwards Stars James Van Der Beek andThis October, however, Moody and others want to make sure it will be talked about—a lot. As part Haverford’s Sarah Megan Thomas »of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, much time and energy will be devoted to a range Top Financial Advisers 2012 »of events at the local, state and national levels. One is the second annual “Sweet Sunday” on Oct. 3 St. Rocco Church Welcomes Mexicanat Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast in West Chester, benefiting the DVCCC. And the center itself will offer Immigrants in Avondale »presentations at local churches. Emlen Tunnell: NFL Hall of Famer and All- Around Nice Guy »“Until I started working at DVCCC, I had the same perception that most people do—that domestic Empty-Nesters Choose Renovation Over Downsizing »violence doesn’t exist to the level that it does,” Moody admits. “But once people knew where I wasworking, no matter where I went, at least one or two women would come to me and say, ‘I never Hogfish Grill: Waynes Work in Progress »told you before …’ Women I’d known for 10 years. I had no idea.” New and Popular Cosmetic Procedures for the Face » Hope for Haiti Two Years After theStory continued on page 2 ... Earthquake »See page 4 for a list of Domestic Abuse Resources. Maria Bello: Actress, Philanthropist, Kickboxer, Mother and More » 1 2 3 4 Next » DepartmentsDo you like what you just read here? Subscribe to Main Line Today » Remembering Haiti Two Years After theBuy individual issues from the archives » Earthquake » New York Travel: Glenmere Mansion »Reader Com ents: m A. Roy Smith: Preservationist of the Year » POSTED BY NAME WITHELD OCT 10, 2010 11:36 AM Wayne Art Centers Craft Forms 2011 » I read this article with great interest. I found many of the stories of abuse were not unlike my own story. For years now, my husband has been both physically and emotionally abusive. He monitors all my phone calls and emails and keeps tabs on where I am at all times. He controls all of our finances so I truly am under his thumb. However, to the outside world, ours is the perfect life. Nice home, nice cars, Related Articles beautiful children. I am a smart and educated woman, but being such, I know the repercussions of converted by
  3. 3. leaving my husband. This article reminded me that there are people out there to help. However, as the article explained, the help that is presently out there for domestically abused individuals is far from what it needs to be. As for myself, Im staying where I am for the time being, but this article reminded me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel...if you can just get yourself to take the first step out the door.Add your com ent: m Log In Create an account Create an instant account, or please log in if you have an account. Email address (not displayed publicly) Password Forgot your password? Verification Question. (This is so we know you are a human and not a spam robot.) What is 6 + 7 ? Post Comment Archive | Dining | Shopping | Resources | Party Pictures | Signature Events | Calendar | Best Of | Weddings | Real Estate My Account | Subscribe | Advertise | About Us | Contact Us | Weather Copyright 2012 Today Media, Inc. All rights reserved. | A Godengo Technology | Privacy Policy This site is a member of the City & Regional Magazine Association Online NetworkALABAMA CONNECTICUT MASSACHUSETTS NEW JERSEY RHODE ISLAND Birmingham Magazine Greenwich Magazine Boston Magazine (201) Magazine Rhode Island Monthly B-Metro DELAWARE Marthas Vineyard Magazine New Jersey Monthly TENNESSEEBRITISH COLUMBIA Delaware Today MARYLAND NEW YORK Memphis Magazine Okanagan Life FLORIDA Baltimore Magazine Buffalo Spree Nashville Lifestyles Vancouver Magazine Gulfshore Life MICHIGAN Hudson Valley Magazine TEXASCALIFORNIA Orlando Magazine Hour Detroit Magazine Westchester Magazine D Magazine Diablo Magazine Sarasota Magazine MINNESOTA OHIO Texas Monthly LosAngeles Magazine GEORGIA Minnesota Monthly Cincinnati Magazine VIRGINIA Marin Magazine Atlanta Magazine Mpls St. Paul Magazine Cleveland Magazine Hampton Roads Magazine Orange Coast Magazine HAWAII MISSOURI Columbus Monthly WASHINGTON Palm Springs Life Honolulu Magazine Inside Columbia Magazine Ohio Magazine Seattle Met Sacramento Magazine ILLINOIS St. Louis Magazine OREGON WASHINGTON DC San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Chicago Magazine 417 Magazine Portland Monthly Washingtonian San Diego Magazine NORTH CAROLINA PENNSYLVANIACOLORADO INDIANA WISCONSIN Evansville Living Chapel Hill Magazine Main Line Today Door County Magazine 5280 Magazine Fort Wayne Monthly Charlotte Magazine Philadelphia Magazine Madison Magazine Indianapolis Monthly NEW HAMPSHIRE Pittsburgh Magazine Milwaukee Magazine LOUISIANA New Hampshire Magazine M: Milwaukees Lifestyle Magazine New Orleans Magazine Yankee Magazine converted by