08-02-10 BPD Urges Citizens to Watch PBS Documentary on
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
"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
"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.
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.