WYFF 4’s Chronicle Will Focus on Domestic Violence – 7/25/13

July 22, 2013

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The next edition of WYFF 4’s locally produced news magazine Chronicle will focus on a deadly reality: the alarming rate of domestic violence in South Carolina.

The statistics are staggering. One in four women in the United States will become a victim of criminal domestic violence in their lifetime. South Carolina currently ranks second nationally in the number of women killed by men.

Chronicle: Living in Fear, hosted by Jane Robelot, examines this growing problem. WYFF News 4 reporters Michael Cogdill and Mandy Gaither will share stories of the victims of violence and those who help them escape the cycle of abuse.

Michael is also sharing his own story of domestic violence.

“I lived my boyhood in the shattering threat of a dad who could swing between graceful and gentle man and utter terror. But for all its despair, mine is a story of great hope. Parts of it will echo a noise all too familiar to many of you. It’s bound to remind you of secrets you’ve kept, and still keep. But I share this with designs on helping victims map a way to a safe and permanent escape. I am living proof there is great life after the violence.”- Michael Cogdill

You can read more on Michael’s blog here.

Chronicle: Living in Fear, a high definition news special, will be broadcast on Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. on WYFF 4. An encore presentation will air on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30pm.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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