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Casper Police Victims Services reminds community of domestic violence happening

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Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 5:49 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As Domestic Violence Awareness Violence month wraps up the Casper Police Department victims services unit wants to remind the community of domestic violence and misconceptions about it.

Leslie Fritzler, the Volunteer Coordinator, said domestic violence leaving an abusive relationship seems like an obvious answer, but there’s more to the story. “There are a lot of factors that make it difficult for a victim to leave. It could be economically it could be religion or fear of losing their children. It could be just that overall dependency on that relationship because of the control factors,” Fritzler said.

Fritzler said one misconception is that abuse happens in a cycle. “We talk through a number of things that might be happening in their relationship and help them identify that can point back to the control factor in their lives and maybe help make changes,” Fritzler said.

This department has two staff and about 14 volunteers who oversee crisis calls in the community. “It’s a great service to our department and we couldn’t operate without our volunteer program because the two staff members couldn’t do it,” Fritzler said.

CPD victims services are always looking for volunteers.

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