MANSFIELD (CBS) – For a 12 months and a half, she was abused by her boyfriend mentally and bodily. “He raped me on two events,” the girl who didn’t need to be recognized mentioned.
But maybe the worst was the emotional torture with a gun. “He would sit on the sting of the sofa and follow aiming,” she mentioned. “That was the scariest a part of it. I felt like I used to be unsafe in my very own home.”
So she referred to as the police for assist. But she didn’t anticipate the Mansfield Police having a few cops devoted to fixing civil issues. One of them is Officer Mike Fenore. “Mike was completely wonderful,” she mentioned. “When I had to enter the courtroom and face my abuser, and he has been with me each step of the best way since.”
The Mansfield Police have a program referred to as POP, Problem Oriented Policing. Its aim is to resolve issues, not simply put a Band-Aid on it. “It’s about attending to the basis trigger, of what the precise subject is that’s inflicting the state of affairs,” mentioned Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon. “Too usually we deal with the signs, and never the true downside.”
That’s precisely what Officer Fenore did. “Initially home violence, we’d hold observe of the offender,” mentioned Fenore. “We realized that it’s extra essential to maintain observe of the sufferer and assist the sufferer by way of the method.”
Fenore provides, “the previous manner of doing issues was retaining issues tight. We didn’t talk properly.”
Even although she nonetheless struggles, emotionally, she’s on the trail to a greater life. Thanks to Officer Fenore. “Mike saved me from myself, the place I’d had it,” she mentioned. “It’s simply the fixed figuring out he’s there.”
If you or somebody you realize is experiencing home violence, there’s assist out there.
If it’s an emergency name 911.
SafeLink is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free home violence hotline and a useful resource for anybody affected by home or relationship violence: 877-785-2020
For extra info go to: www.mass.gov/domestic-violence-services