Advocates say there is help for domestic violence victims

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Agencies and advocates are getting the message out that there’s help available for victims of domestic violence.

It is all quiet on Frances Drive, but leftover crime tape is proof of a different story on Wednesday night.
Chattanooga Police responded to a domestic assault call and found a woman lying on the ground with her eyeballs gouged out.

Michael Roberson is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault.

Bergen Aldahir with Partnership for Families, Children and Adults says in domestic violence situations many times loved ones try to help if they suspect something is wrong.

“You want to make sure they know that they are supported, that they are loved. Don’t pressure them to make any choices that they don’t feel ready to make because no one knows that situation like they do,” Aldahir said.

She says it is important to create a safety plan.

“You can get help and successfully safely leave your abuser, but it does require coordinated planning,” Aldahir said.

Police say Roberson told them the incident between him and the victim started over their son.

“What is interesting is we will hear abusers and victims say they never hit the kids, they never did this in front of the kids, however statistically when these same families are looked at you will see that these kids can actually give a blow by blow account of what has happened to their parent,” she said.

Aldahir says even though the crime feels isolating, domestic violence survivors are far from alone.

“This is something that happens and even though you feel very alone and possibly ashamed and to blame you are not.”

While the victim recovers, Roberson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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