“Sometimes they (victims) feel isolated and disconnected from their families,” Sudduth said. “The $2 million question is why don’t we hold the perpetrator responsible so they stop?”
She said in 2012, Stop Domestic Violence had 66 clients and nine women placed in safe houses for protection. In Essex County, there were 157 arrests in 2012 for domestic violence.
Like Sudduth, Angie DeGroff of the Essex County Department of Social Services is a member of the multi-agency Essex County Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
She urged county lawmakers to be aware of domestic-violence issues and know where to refer a victim.
“This is a very scary and important problem,” DeGroff said. “One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetimes.
“We brought a very important topic to the table.”
Email Lohr McKinstry:email@example.comRESOURCES Stop Domestic Violence has a 24-hour hotline: (888) 563-6904. National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233).