What to Do If You Witness Domestic Violence – Princeton Couple Share Real Life Experience
It seems like every woman I know is obsessed with true crime shows. You know it's a big deal when Saturday Night Live makes a sketch about it. Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a real life potential true crime scenario. Would you jump into action, call for help, or pretend you didn't hear or see anything? Lynn and Jeff Minnis found themselves in a scary situation, that could've ended in a true crime mini series. Thanks to their quick actions, a young girl's life was probably saved.
Jeff and Lynn do a lot of recreational traveling on the weekends, and this past weekend, they were in a Kansas hotel. Lynn heard a girl screaming down the hall from their room, and without hesitation, she jumped into action. Only one other couple came out to help, after hearing the screams for help. They wanted to share their story, as a public service, in case you find yourself in a similar situation.
This particular incident involved a domestic violence situation. Without the quick actions of Lynn and Jeff, this could've ended very badly. It's so important to step in or at the very least, call for help if you suspect that anyone is in a dangerous situation. Jeff has had training and experience with weapons and commands that he put to use. Lynn hasn't had that training, but she knew that someone was in trouble, and knew she had to help.
Lynn tells us their story in her own words:
Yes, Jeff is the man behind the Grinch of Gibson County!
If you or someone that you know is in a domestic violence situation or living in unsafe conditions, you can contact the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. Here are some helpful tips, if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Stay away from the kitchen (the abuser can find weapons, like knives, there)
- Stay away from bathrooms, closets, or small spaces where the abuser can trap you
- Get to a room with a door or window to escape
- Get to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can Call 911 (or your local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher’s name
- Think about a neighbor or friend you can run to for help
- If a police officer comes, tell him/her what happened; get his/her name & badge number
- Get medical help if you are hurt
- Take pictures of bruises or injuries
- Call a domestic violence program or shelter (812-422-5622); ask them to help you make a safety plan
Source: [Albion Fellows Bacon Center]