Domestic Violence is one of the most under-reported crimes. One Bismarck hospital is trying to help ease that issue. According to CAWS North Dakota, in 2015 only 69-percent of domestic violence crimes were reported to law enforcement. This afternoon, CHI St. Alexius held domestic violence bystander intervention training.
The class was led by a member of CAWS North Dakota. She says that in the state alone, 6-thousand victims - both male and female - sought out help last year.
Suzanne Kramer-Brenna said, "We know that number is actually really low. The majorities of people that are experiencing domestic violence are not getting the help and support that they need." And that's why she wants to teach this class. It lasted 3 hours and covered many important topics including recognizing behaviors and knowing when to intervene.
Suzanne Kramer-Brenna said, "The training is intended for people to understand better how to respond to domestic violence happening at the workplace. Around 25 people working within CHI took this free class. One of those is Amy Ingersoll-Johnson who works in the department of human services.
"I think education leads to more awareness. I think that way then you're able to spot maybe some defense signs a little earlier, and you're better able to be an advocate," she added.
Ingersoll-Johnson has taken training classes similar to this one in the past. But she thinks it's important to keep reminding herself of what to do.
"I was hoping for a refresher on some of the things to be looking for with respect to spotting domestic violence," said Ingersoll-Johnson.
Funding for this training was provided by the Catholic Health Initiatives' Mission and Ministry Fund.
Shelby Rose Reporting