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Quincy councilor says Rice video brings domestic violence ‘out of shadows’
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Victims of domestic violence can call DOVE’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 617-471-1234 or 888-314-3683
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By Patrick Ronan
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep. 12, 2014

QUINCY – Brian Palmucci didn’t need to watch video of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee (now wife) to know what domestic violence looks like.

One of Palmucci’s earliest memories from childhood is sitting in his high chair and watching as his enraged father stabbed his mother with a fork. Palmucci said he distinctly remembers the sight of the fork piercing his mom’s jeans and sinking into her leg.

“I remember the horror, my mother’s scream,” Palmucci said.

Palmucci, a Quincy city councilor, said it’s unfortunate that it took video footage of Rice, a well-known athlete, to spark a national conversation about domestic violence, but he’s hopeful the attention on the topic will prove beneficial.

“It’s an opportunity for people to be educated on domestic violence and bring it out of the shadows,” Palmucci said.

Palmucci this summer decided to share publicly for the first time his personal experiences witnessing domestic violence for a video produced by DOVE, the Quincy-based nonprofit that provides services for victims of domestic violence. DOVE’s video, which also features testimonials from victims of physical and sexual abuse, was released last month – weeks before the Rice video made headlines.

Palmucci, a lawyer by trade, is on DOVE’s board of directors.

Sue Chandler, executive director of DOVE, said there’s a lack of resources available to domestic violence victims and their children. She said her group’s shelter in Quincy, which can house six families, is always filled to capacity and there aren’t enough transitional programs and affordable housing in the state to relocate victims.

She said she’s heard a lot of people criticizing Rice’s wife, Janay, for staying with her husband after being abused. Though every case is different, she said many women are afraid to leave their partners. Also, she said some victims love their partners so much that they’re hopeful they can change.

Chandler said the fact that it took the release of the Rice video to get people talking about domestic violence shows just how much work still needs to be done to combat what she calls a “significant crisis.”

“It’s unfortunate that it literally takes that level of a visual to spark a conversation about it,” Chandler said. “With a lot of the people we work with, they experience that kind of violence – but the public doesn’t see it.”

Quincy police Lt. Patrick Glynn, who oversees the city’s domestic violence program, said it’s important for victims of domestic violence to know that they’re not alone.

“It’s a tragic situation and people feel they can’t escape from it, but there is always an agency or an individual that they can reach out to,” Glynn said.

Glynn said some signs that domestic violence or sexual abuse are occurring in a home, or may occur, are if someone degrades their partner in public or tries to exert power over them, whether through financial, sexual, emotional or physical means. Also, he said animal abuse is a common indicator of domestic violence.

Glynn, Palmucci and Chandler agreed that every member of the public can play a role in helping stop or prevent domestic violence.

“It’s not an NFL issue. It’s not a Quincy issue,” Palmucci said. “It’s a community issue, and it needs a community solution.”

Patrick Ronan may be reached at pronan@ledger.com.