A special screening of a documentary called "Telling Amy's Story" will be offered by the District 26 District Attorney's office and the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, said Assistant District Attorney and District Attorney Elect Chris Boring.
The screening, which is free to anyone who would like to view the film, is slated to take place Oct. 21 at the First United Methodist Church located at 1111 Downs Ave. The screening will begin at 6 p.m. and parking is available at the church.
"Well, every year we have done DAs against DV (domestic violence) to show and bring awareness to how much our community is impacted by domestic violence," Boring said. I think there are a lot of people who don't understand how prevalent this is in the state of Oklahoma."
Last spring, the Woodward area district attorneys hosted a "Blue Ribbon Tree" for child abuse awareness.
According to Boring, the growing and tragic problem of domestic violence deserves community focus because it is occurring at a startling rate.
Just over the last week, Boring's office filed charges and screened at least three cases and the District 26 District Attorney elect said that could almost be considered a slow week.
"On average I probably screen at three domestic violence cases a week," Boring said. "And that is not even a percentage of the actual domestic violence that is actually occurring in this community.”
Boring added that the domestic violence problem here is hard to get out of the shadows. But even though it is still so hidden in many cases, it represents a level of danger that in reality defines this community in a way that would surprise many.
"I think that people believe we live in a safe community," Boring said. "But the reality here is, if you are just talking the numbers of cases we have that are domestic violence related, the most dangerous place you can be here is at home."
Boring hopes for anyone and everyone who wants to learn more, help a family member or even just gain a better understanding of how this crime is able to flourish, to come to the screening of this documentary film.
Boring hopes that through education and awareness, the story could change for some local people who might be living in this ongoing type of abuse.
"The numbers are staggering," he said. "For instance, on average a woman gets beat 35 times before ever reporting it."
Boring said, Amy's Story chronicles how dangerous it can be for those who live with these controlling abusers and how hard it is for them to get away.
In her case, Pennsylvania resident Amy Homan McGee finally made a move to get her and her two children out and with the help of her family went to the home to collect a few personal items and clothing, Boring said.
It was then that the husband, Vincent McGee shot and killed Amy McGee while her children waited with her parents in the car outside the home.
The presentation is also sponsored in part by Verizon Wireless, the company McGee worked for when she was murdered. The company will have Hopeline boxes available at the event for those who wish to donate old phones.
Free of charge, the company refurbishes the phones and gives them to domestic violence shelters for the women to use.
"Look, so many of these people have nothing when they leave," Boring said. "They get to the shelter with literally the clothes on their backs and no way to communicate. That is why the work the people here do at Woodward's Domestic Crisis Center is so important. It takes very special people to do this."