Philly police host public resource event for domestic violence victims to seek help

Kristen Johanson
February 28, 2020 - 5:24 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In Southwest Philadelphia, police commanders have been alarmed at the rising number of domestic violence incidents in their districts.

“In the 12th District alone, we had over 600 domestic violence assaults,” said Capt. Scott Drissel. About one-third of those incidents were aggravated assaults, in which the victim was seriously hurt.

“If you are a child and you are growing up, you see that happening too. They are the victims no one talks about,” he said. “Domestic violence is an underreported crime.”

Philadelphia police — partnered with Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, and others — will host a public resource events for domestic violence victims, hoping to offer them a way out.

The workshops will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at four public places in the area:

  • ShopRite, 2900 Island Ave.
  • Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Ave.
  • The Fresh Grocer, 5601 Chestnut St.
  • Universal Bluford Charter School, 5720 Media St.

“Anybody can walk through there, and then maybe it’s a little less conspicuous — ‘Hey, I am going to the grocery store,’ ” Drissel added.