KMSB "Fox-11 Fourm " & KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, 11/22/09

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter
By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

 
Host Bob Lee interviews Sarah Jones, CEO of EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse, and Preston McMurry, Chairman, McMurry, Inc. As the holidays approach, stress levels increase, due to the pressures of gift-buying and family get-togethers.

The result, says Jones, can often be violent.  She says battery, partner or spousal abuse, as well as parental and even child abuse, can occur.  She says domestic violence is a serious problem. She says victims may suffer physical injuries such as bruises or broken bones. She says they may also suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety or social isolation.

McMurry has donated more than 19-million dollars in the effort to fight child abuse and domestic violence in Arizona, including half-a-million dollars to Emerge! last year. He says he created “Teresa’s Fund” foundation in an effort to combat family violence in Arizona.  He says the foundation is funded through his marketing company, McMurry, Inc.  He says 100-percent of his staff also contribute to the fund. 

Jones says it is hard to know exactly how common domestic violence is, because people often don't report it. There is no typical victim. She says it happens among people of all ages and itt affects those of all levels of income and education.  She says McMurry’s donation was subject to a local match, which was met, and will be used toward her agency’s 4-million dollar capital campaign.