This morning as I scrolled through my newsfeed, I came across a post from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office. Typically these posts are in regards to the latest happenings in the county like a police chase, or maybe a car crash that happened overnight. Today's post was anything but the normal thing I see posted to law enforcement social media pages. This morning's post was a 'cop-ed' that talked about responding to a domestic abuse call and putting you in the shoes of the responding officer or deputy.

The post, written by Deputy Kyle Jones, goes into the mindset of a law enforcement officer or deputy as they respond to a call of domestic violence and what thoughts go through their minds as they are at the scene talking with the victim.

The post itself makes one think about both people in this situation, the victim, and the officer responding.

"Imagine showing up, locating this person who appears beaten and battered. This person is adamant they are okay and refuses help. This person looks you in the eyes and tells you they are fine over and over again. This person has a horrid black eye with blue bruising all the way down their cheek. This person appears nervous and uncomfortable, only for you to later learn their abuser was on the other side of the door likely listening to what they tell you."

It's a situation that sadly has gotten worse with COVID-19. Many people who are in these situations now feel even more trapped by the pandemic, unsure where they can now go.

Here is an excerpt of the post, that I feel, really gets to the crux of the posting by Deputy Jones.

"I know how hard it can be on me. Imagine how hard it must be for the victim. I try. I listen and try to see it from their perspective based off what they are telling me. Although I’ve seen and heard things before, every situation is a little different. Every person is different. I hear them as they try to justify in their words why it was their fault that they were abused. In all honestly, it doesn’t make sense to me. What I hear shouldn’t make sense to anyone. Reality is, it does make sense for so many people that are victims...Accepting help is not a sign of weakness. We ALL need help sometimes."

If you or a loved one are in a situation where there is physical of suspected physical abuse you can contact 911 or Family Pathways any time of the day or night at 1-800-338-SAFE.

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