Shelter From The Storm

By: Jessica Ralston
By: Jessica Ralston

In just a blink of an eye an argument can escalate into a dangerous situation.
In just one month three West Virginia women were killed by their husbands, in their own homes.
Once bringing to light the problem of: domestic violence.
Thursday night one group of women reached out to help others escape abusive relationships before it's too late.

Step by step these women walk together to shed light on a growing problem in our region -- domestic violence.
They hope to show other women it is possible to escape from abusive relationships.
Katie Kirk: “Domestic violence is such a storm that when it starts it continues to grow and it goes from just a shout to a full blown hurricane in just a moments notice."
Katie Kirk was able to find shelter from her storm -- and escaped before it was too late.

This month has shown just how quickly domestic violence can escalate into a deadly situation.
Today Amy Vicini is walking in memory of her friend Robin Ilderton
One year ago Robin was murdered inside her Charleston apartment.
Police say her husband trey strangled her to death.
Amy Vicini: “I love her and I miss her every single day and there's too much of that going on. We've had four or five murders this month in Vest Virginia. Domestic violence. there's no reason for it."

Kim Johnson is a counselor at the YWCA who teaches men how to change their behavior and become loving partners. There is a choice and they can learn to walk away. Tthat they don't have to be in total control of their house. they don't have to be the king of the castle."

And today these women hope to bring this problem into the open to stop the cycle of abuse.
If you need someone to talk to about domestic violence or want to escape an unhelathy relationship -- you can call the 24-hour crisis line.


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