October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Victim Advocate with the Office of the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney, Tasha Lembke.

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Victim Advocate Tasha Lembke says this crime is more widespread than people would like to think and affects all members of a household.

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A lot of people, they don’t come forward with the fact that they’ve been abused or sexually assaulted, because of the physical violence in the home and how much it affects them. They have fear of speaking up because of what that abuser may do to them,” Lembke said.

And although it may be a control thing, that that abuser says, we want them to know that we are there for them, and that is help out there.

Many that suffer from or witness this abuse do not speak out because of fear. Lembke says she understands that fear, but there are places to turn to for help.

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I was a child who witnessed it as it was very predominate in my family, unfortunately. And I witnessed it every day, and I had a lot of stress and a lot of emotional aspects to it for myself, so I know that that happens in families,” she explained.

And when it does, the first thing to do is just bring it up to maybe a counselor. If you’re younger, and school age, then bring it up to your counselor in your school.

There several places with information on domestic violence and organizations that can help. Just click the following the links. If you believe your computer use may be monitored, contact the hotline number below.

Office of the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Mo. Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence