October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which works to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence. (Photo: Tereza Flachova, MGNOnline)
As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cindy Dyer, a former prosecutor specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault for the U.S. Department of Justice, was invited to speak at the Womens Fund of Greater Chattanoogas annual luncheon.
Nooga.com had a chance to meet with Dyer while she was in town to ask about her experiences. Here are some takeaways.
The problemDyer, through her work as a prosecutor both in local and federal governments, as well as through her travelswith Vital Voices, has seen cases of domestic assault from around the world. She said that while some details are different, she was surprised to find how similar the cases areparticularly in the root causes of violence against women.
Cindy Dyer is a former director of the Office on Violence Against Women of the Department of Justice. (Photo: Contributed)
The root causes of domestic violence, Dyer said, arent the things that may be normally associated with domestic violence like drug/alcohol abuse or financial stress. While both can exacerbate the problem, neither causes domestic violence.
Dyer said that ...