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(Toledo News Now) -

It's called a "silent crime," but Friday the community workedto draw attention and put an end to domestic violence.

A forum brought dozens of people together, partly toinform victims of the support network that's available to them.

"The community is banding together, and we're going tosolve this issue as a whole," said Casandra Durfey, program coordinator at theFamily and Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Victims, along with their friends and family, stopped bythe forum. Durfey says letting women know that help is out there can make allthe difference.

"A victim who has support, whether it be the advocates inthe court system, or whether it's just their family at home, they have a lesslikelihood to undergo re-abuse," she said.

One victim said getting out is a process she couldn'thave done alone.

"When I got out, I went to the nearest gas station. It'sthat fear of, ‘Okay, well now I'm out. Now what?'" she said. "The advocateshave helped me through the court system and all that other stuff…It's likehaving a backbone while the rest of you is not sure what else to do."

Durfey says support is available no matter what stage ofthe process you're in.

"These people have their hearts, their souls and theirminds in it, and that is how hard we will fight to help individuals that aregoing through it," she said.

If you are struggling with abuse or know someone who is,call the national hotline at 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).

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