There is a lot of local buzz regarding the decision made by Belleville's Police Chief to come forward with allegations of domestic abuse. Terry Chenier outlines the main point quite well in his post. It was a very courageous decision, and she should be applauded for it.
Cory McMullan, the first female chief of police in Belleville Ontario, is no stranger to violence. She and her department investigate it on a daily basis. Spousal abuse, while commonplace, is rarely reported and is not identified by police and the crime is usually faceless.
Until now. Cory herself has stepped forward and identified herself as the victim of spousal abuse. Her husband has been charged and an external police department has been called in to work the case.
While used to being in the spotlight in her position, identifying herself as a victim of crime was not easy, nor was it made lightly. It wasn't an easy decision she said, but a message needed to be sent. Abused women are reluctant to come forward due to the stigma attached and this needed to stop.
Brave woman and a trail-blazer.
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