Domestic Violence Survivors Share Stories

By: Gina Pitisci, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Gina Pitisci, Julie Montanaro Email

Tallahassee, FL - Domestic violence continues to be a serious problem in our community and a local organization hosted the “March to End Silence.”

Domestic abuse survivor, Tammy Slay was one of the featured speakers and she says her past abuse included “black eyes, the pulling of the hair, choking you with the finger marks around your neck.” Slay’s husband was studying to become a minister when the domestic abuse started 25 years ago, that's when she and her three children moved into a shelter. Now she is trying to help others that might be in a similar situation. She says "It doesn't matter if they are preachers, it doesn't matter if they are law enforcement, it just doesn't matter, the abusers are everywhere."

People in support of ending domestic violence gathered at FAMU, FSU and the historic Capitol Tuesday night to march to the FSU Turnbull Conference Center to help bring awareness to the cause. DVCC Co-Chair, Laura Mackinnon says “We just really want to get the word out, we want people to know that this is an issue in our community and to become involved because the more people that talk about it the more people that know about the issue of domestic violence the more likely it's going to end."

The Domestic Violence Coordinating Council is considered Tallahassee's domestic violence task force. They are dedicated to educating the community by helping people understand the red flags in relationships. Domestic violence survivor and march participant, Stephanie House says “if someone says are you being abused mentally, emotionally or physically and you respond, it's not that bad, chances are it's abuse, call a hotline, get some help."

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council call (850) 222-3845 or visit their Facebook page, see link below.

Tallahassee, FL - Domestic violence continues to be a serious problem, with victims and perpetrators coming in different ages, races, and economic groups. One organization is hoping to bring even more awareness to the issue this evening.

Groups of people are gathering right now in downtown Tallahassee to show their support to end domestic violence. People on FAMU's campus and FSU's campus are participating in a march.

Organizing tonight's marches is the Tallahassee Domestic Violence Task Force, dedicated to providing public education on domestic violence to the community. At the event tonight, two incredible survivors of domestic violence are being brought together to tell their stories and bring awareness and hope. One of the women survived a 19 year marriage of domestic abuse. She eventually found herself homeless, but did not give up.

Valorie Parker, domestic violence victim: "I was a victim and I didn't even know I was a victim. I thought I was the only woman in the world that was living this life and that I had brought it on myself."

Tonight's event is from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the FSU Turnbull Conference Center. The event is free to the public and includes dinner.

WCTV willl have more tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

By: Julie Montanaro
September 23, 2013

FSU and FAMU students are planning a march in Tallahassee to encourage folks to speak out about violence at home.

Dr. Valorie Parker will meet them at the end to talk about how to break free from domestic violence.

Parker was a pastor's wife who claims she wore sunglases to church to try to hide the bruises.

Parker says she spent 19 years in an abusive relationship, but thanks to her children was able to get out and start over.

"Control is not love and that people, individuals say they love you don't hurt you. They don't abuse you. They don't intimidate you. They don't strip away your identity," Parker said.

The domestic violence coordinating council is sponsoring the march and survival story that follows.

The march begins at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Parker will share her story at the Turnbull Conference Center afterward. That starts at 6.

It's all free and our own Shonda Knight will serve as emcee.

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