"It's a challenge (locally), because there's a deep tendency to say, this doesn't happen in my neighborhood," said Kathryn Firmin-Sellers, United Family Services director for Mooresville and Lake Norman.It isn't just in poor urban areas or in rural areas. It is happening in everywhere.
"It's everyone's issue — domestic violence does not discriminate by race, class or zip code."
You also can't judge the impact by the number of broken bones.
Another myth that Forney often hears from others is "at least they're not really hurt."Hat tip to the Minister of Defense (Twitter isn't just about what people had for breakfast)
"I heard that statement over and over in the Chris Brown/Rhianna case," she said. "Just because the physical abuse might not be that bad, it doesn't mean the emotional scars aren't long-lasting."