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Valdosta woman shot during domestic dispute

January 29, 2007

Valdosta - A Valdosta woman was shot in the face during a domestic dispute.

Police say 41 year old Patricia Carter was shot during an argument with her husband, 46 year-old Jerome Carter.

Carter is charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to children because it happened in front of their 8-year-old daughter.  "The bullet had went in and out of her cheek so fortunately her wounds weren't life threatening. But we do believe he was shooting intentionally to kill his wife," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.

Patricia has been treated and released.  Jerome Carter surrendered later that night.

Police in Valdosta respond to domestic disputes every day while the Haven battered women's shelter offers a free room and fresh start for victims of domestic violence.

Together they're hoping to stomp out this abuse in the county.

As a detective for the Valdosta Police Department, Jackie Edmonson sees cases of Domestic Violence every day.  "It doesn't get any easier because there are true victims out there. I'm talking about real true victims who can't come forward," says Domestic Violence Detective Jackie Edmonson.

He says Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender.

And there are many tell tale signs that could indicate someone you know is a victim.  "They have a tendency to start withdrawing from their friends, not having anything to do with co-workers, probably start wearing long sleeves to cover up bruising or make-up to cover up bruising," he adds. 

Still many people suffer in silence and don't ask for help.  "She thinks it's her fault, she's going to protect her man because she doesn't think anybody else wants her," he says.

Holly Rogers, Haven Volunteer adds, "Often times they've isolated you so much from your friends and family that you feel you can't reach out."

Agencies like The Haven are reaching out, offering free help for those who seek it.  "We have someone on staff 24 hours a day if you have questions if you need emergency shelter, we'll take you and your children in," she says.

Together the Haven and the Police department hope to save lives and end domestic violence in the area.  All the Haven's services are completely confidential.

To find out more on the Haven, click here.

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