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Curbing Domestic Violence in South Georgia

September 19, 2007

A Parrot woman who once scammed co-workers out of money by claiming her young son died is once again in trouble with the law.

The Terrell County Sheriff say Demetrious Green Perry fired three gunshots at her husband during a confrontation at their home on Vinney Mill Pond Road.

Investigators say the couple has had several run-ins lately. Perry is charged with aggravated assault. Last year, the former Albany Herald employee was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $409 for conning co-workers out of money.

She claimed she needed it for her 6-year old son's funeral, even though he's still alive.  

If those allegations are true, it's proof that men can be victims of domestic violence, but that is the exception rather than the rule.

Albany's Liberty House offers shelter for battered women in 17 area counties. Every Monday evening, Liberty House offers a confidential support group for women who may not need a place to live but need to talk through their situations.  

"This stuff doesn't happen in a vacuum that we know. It's not like all of a sudden someone wakes up and decides they're going to kill that person that they're with. It's an ongoing process. And the first question everyone always asks is why doesn't she leave?" says Director Silke Deeley.

Deeley says leaving is often hard for a victim who may be dependent on their spouse. Her group tries to intervene before victims or seriously injured or killed.

Next month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Liberty House will hold a special ceremony, including a butterfly release to remember those who have died as a result of domestic violence.

It will take place October 3rd at 10 am the Veterans Park Amphitheater.

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