DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - City leaders and police officers are joining forces to shine a light on domestic violence issues after a tragic situation woke up the town of Douglas.
It seemed too close to home when Wynetta Bolder heard about a man who murdered his wife, shot another woman, and then took his own life. The man lived right above from his estranged wife and three kids. His kids were home when he shot their mother.
Bolder was in a domestic violence situation over ten years ago. It broke her heart to hear about the incident.
"Being a mother that had to be the hardest thing even for those children to go through, to still go through," said Bolder.
For Douglas Police, the shooting was alarming, but what the information they gathered from neighbors was even more disturbing.
"The husband who was the offender had told folks for several weeks that he was going to do it," said Bolder.
This incident is one of the reasons by Doulgas Police Chief Gary Castelos is bringing back back a domestic violence workshop.
"It started with talking in the hallway here at city hall about the incident," said Castelos.
From there, they hosted a workshop and the police department has been posting information about domestic violence awareness month. Bolder said while turnout was great, more people need to be aware of the important issue.
For more information on shelters for victims of domestic violence, contact Sadie's House at (912) 260-1492 and The Magnolia House at (912) 285-5850. The website for The Magnolia House in Waycross may be reached here.