Friday's Heroes: DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence

8:46 PM, Apr 29, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Wanting to help victims of domestic violence is one thing -- the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) is a place that offers instruction on how to provide real support for those living with abuse.

The DCCADV unifies diverse local efforts into a single force to eliminate domestic violence in the District of Columbia. Executive Director, Karma Kottman says, "Everyone from cops to volunteers attends the support classes. When someone whose been abused reaches out for help, there's someone there who knows what they're doing."

The crisis intervention seminars put on by the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence are just one facet of an organization that goes all out to help folks that are battered by those who claim to love them.

Last year, 32 thousand domestic violence calls were made to the district police. Considering the population is 600 thousand people, Kottman says "those are incredible numbers".

Kottman maintains domestic violence should not be seen as a woman's concern, "men, when you see a bad argument on the street, when you see someone fighting with their girlfriend, we need you to jump in. We need you to tell them to stop and say that's not okay."

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