DeKalb County Raising Awareness Over Domestic Violence

DeKalb County Raising Awareness Over Domestic Violence

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

DeKalb County leads state in domestic violence deaths


DeKalb County leads the state in the number of women murdered in domestic violence incidents. Now, county leaders are taking steps to raise awareness and help give victims a way out.

Tamiko Lowery said at first it was emotional abuse, then it turned physical by her husband of three years. She’s now an advocate against domestic violence.

“I remember him hitting me. I don’t remember anything else after that. The next thing I know, I was in the middle of Interstate 85 with cars swerving around me,” Lowery said. “When you’re raised in that environment and you see it, you just don’t know how to get help.”

The same is true for Sabrina McKenzie whose husband of 20 years abused her and it ran in her family.

“My sister was murdered by her husband. She was stabbed 22 times in front of her kids,” McKenzie said.

Both women are survivors. And both are sharing their story in an effort to help others. Especially in DeKalb County.

Domestic violence deaths have increased in DeKalb in recent years. Last year, the county had the highest number of deaths in the entire state, which is why solicitor Sherry Boston said her number one priority is to get that number down.

“To know that I am here serving in a county where traditionally we are at the top at the list for the state of Georgia, it means that I know I have to work extra hard to get the message out,” Boston said.

Boston’s office is collecting cell phones to give victims the opportunity to call for help. And they’re getting businesses to help them.

“It’s hard when you have to hide even those emotional scars,” Boston said. “But when you think you can potentially save someone else’s life…”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Solicitor’s Office is having a symposium that’s open to the public to talk about the issue.

It’s on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Manuel Maloof Auditorium in Decatur.



Anger and Stress Reduction Tips By Past Clients

Occasionally when I get some extra time, I call some of my former clients to ‘check in” with them to see what changes they have made and what coping skills from the class they have actually adopted.

Enjoy! – Richard


Letting Go

“I finally realized that my anger from past situations was over.  Why keep thinking about it and feeling angry over and over. Hey I thought Let Go. As you said… the past is the past. I now try to live this moment and not live in the past or future. Living is right now. Hey, am I enlightened?” – Crazy Willy

Social Network

“Having  a group of real friends to be real with that meet regularly help me process my emotions like anger, frustration, alienation, helplessness and such. The key is to have real friends you can trust.” – Maria

Maritial Arts

“I do martial arts, called Taekwondo. When you sweat your brain releases endorphins, which makes you feel good. It is the happy hormone. I feel better after a workout.” – Sun Lee


“I started writing journals. So I would write down why I felt angry and keep on writing and writing until I felt some relief. After a while you “auto write. The juice comes then. It takes a lot of my anger away and I feel more at peace.” – Brittany


“Richard turned me onto Laughter Yoga. It’s free and I try to laugh a lot more. It helps release endorphins and dopamine, the feel good hormones and also releases my stress. It’s fun to laugh for no reason. Angry feeling come up less. Good people too.” – Jen


“I recently began walking in my neighborhood park. I try to stop thinking and just walk. No music. Just silence. I focus on the sounds I hear. I try to connect with my heart and kindle a feeling of love. Being in connection with nature is a wonderful way to release thought negativity and absorb quiet positivity. 30-40 minutes does it.” – Tee


“I eat chocolate and I feel better!” – Tanawin


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