For Immediate Release - October 10, 2007

D.A. Blodgett Produces Video To Help Domestic Violence Victims

Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett has produced a 24-minute video to help victims of domestic violence recognize the signs of abuse and what steps to take to escape a violent relationship. The video will be distributed county-wide to local cable television stations.

In the video, three domestic violence survivors share their experiences with viewers, explaining how they were isolated from friends and family and suffered physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse. They offer insights about the warning signs of abuse, many of which they didn't comprehend initially, and talk about their successful, though difficult, exits from their abusive relationships.

"The purpose of the video is to help victims recognize that they are not alone," said District Attorney Blodgett. "The personal stories shared by these courageous survivors are powerful testimony to the damaging effects of domestic violence.

"My office along with police, the courts, and many victims service agencies are ready to help victims safely leave their abusers," said District Attorney Blodgett. "We will vigorously prosecute batterers, stand in support of victims and their children, and continue our educational efforts to stop this cycle of violence."

In addition to hearing firsthand stories from survivors, law enforcement and social service professionals discuss the laws and tools in place to protect victims, and discuss the steps abuse victims can take to leave violent relationships.

The video was produced by Carrie Kimball Monahan of District Attorney Blodgett's Community Awareness and Prevention Team (CAPT), and Peabody Access Telecommunications, Inc., with assistance from Help for Abused Women and their Children (HAWC), and the Family Safety Project at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. It may be obtained by contacting the District Attorney's Office at 978-745-6610.