The first of many conversations for first responders to help bring more awareness to domestic violence and how to respond to it.
Chili, Gates and Churchville fire departments have partnered with Resolve of Greater Rochester to declare “Domestic Violence Stinks.”
On Monday, Chili departments took part in special training to be able to better recognize domestic violence situations.
The partnership comes at the urging of Jerri Sparks, a volunteer firefighter who says she is now paying it forward after being a victim of domestic violence five years ago.
“I hope that domestic violence is humanized a little bit because there’s statistics and then there’s a real person, who’s also a firefighter standing right here in front of you and saying this happened to me, you helped me, now let’s go out and help some others,” said Sparks.
Sparks hopes these talks will eventually lead up to an app to help first responders assist in domestic violence.