Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, August 02, 2010

BPD Urges Citizens to Watch PBS Documentary on Domestic Violence

08-02-10 BPD Urges Citizens to Watch PBS Documentary on Domestic Violence
   Boise, August 2, 2010 - Boise Police urge citizens to view or record a PBS documentary that tells a chilling tale of domestic violence, specifically a story of family violence that went unreported until it led to homicide.
 
   Boise Police join the producers of the documentary who hope "Telling Amy's Story" can help bring the community together to talk about and prevent domestic violence.
 
   "Telling Amy's Story": airs on IdahoPTV in Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls tomorrow, Tuesday, August 3rd at 9:00 p.m., and again on IdahoPTV HD Friday, August 6th at 8:00 p.m. Please check listings for IdahoPTV channels.
 
   "As a detective that specializes in domestic violence, it is frustrating to know how many cases go unreported." said Detective Matt Brechwald of the Boise Police Special Victims Unit. "Movies such as 'Telling Amy's Story' are very powerful for creating more awareness of this problem in our community and helping to identify what I refer to as "Invisible Victims" or those people who do not reach out to the police for help for many different reasons.
 
    "When the community realizes how serious and wide spread this problem is, they begin to look for it and assist the police in stopping it.  It is only when the police partner with the community on serious issues such as domestic violence that we have a chance of saving lives." said Det. Brechwald.
 
   Boise Police work actively with community and other law enforcement partners to try and raise awareness, prevent and stop domestic violence that includes spouse, partner and child abuse. Those agencies include the Women's and Children's Alliance, the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and FACES of Ada County.
 
   "Our partner agencies do incredible work and we're happy to work with them. But it comes down to individuals in our community, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, even reaching out to victims themselves to let people know that we're all here to help. But first, we need to know about it." said Det. Brechwald.
 
   TO REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Boise area residents can call the WCA 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (208) 343-7025, or call the Boise Police Special Victims Unit directly at 570-6241.
 
   Along with Boise area resources, "Telling Amy's Story" promotes the National Domestic Violence Hotline, www.ndvh.org, or 1-800-799-7233.
 
   The web site http://telling.psu.edu/ also includes the video trailer for the documentary, links to discussion groups and other resources designed to educate and prevent domestic violence.