MY TURN: Combating domestic violence - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Combating domestic violence

Cora O'Neal had her order of protection to keep her boyfriend away from her, but what she didn't have was real protection.

The court order proved not to be worth the paper it was written on when Willie Jones crashed her family's Fourth of July celebration in Overton Park in Memphis. Jones ate the family's food and then took out a gun and shot O'Neal, critically wounding her. He then shot himself. His injuries were fatal.

As you know, this was not isolated incident of domestic violence. Thousands of people are hurt or killed every year, and these crimes affect people from every walk of life. O'Neal's efforts to protect herself illustrate just how difficult this problem can be, but there ways to get help. The number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE.

If you are in an abusive relationship, it's critically important to get help. If you are fortunate enough not to have this problem, please reach out to help someone who does.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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