After watching the most recent video, done by Chad W. Tayler and Tara Holcomb called “But She Knew Better” in response of recent events about Domestic Violence among the Deaf Community.
Admittedly, as a professional in educational and mental health field, Domestic Violence is just a word that I learned and its effects. I thought I knew about this topic.
In past two months, December 2012 and January 2013, I was dead wrong.
I have learned MUCH more by watching personal stories and the community’s reaction to the stories. I read, viewed and observed the community’s reaction to Reginald Redding’s arrest for Domestic Violence.
I learned more about Domestic Violence from Dawn Schriver who acted as an advocate for Marci Wolfangle.
I watched how Dawn Schriver shared her own personal story as a survivor of Domestic Violence.
I watched how Dawn Schriver, who got re-victimized with recent court judgement and how she came forward asking for help.
I observed how the community, including Ms. Schriver’s ex-husband response to this video.
I watched and read more stories about other people’s experiences with Domestic Violence. More videos were shared in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I learned about Violence Against Women Act was rejected by the House of Representatives.
It is like unlayering an onion, each time I peel off the layer of an onion, the closer I get to the core.
I have seen the core.
I understand now.
I want to help and share what I understood about Domestic Violence. Here’s my video. My confession. It’s long and unedited. Raw emotions and thoughts…
Thank you to each of you who shared your personal stories, imparting knowledge and experiences about Domestic Violence. You have taught me so much.
Amy Cohen Efron