Howard: Stand up against domestic violence!

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NEW YORK — In 2014 there were almost 300,000 complaints of domestic abuse in New York City, according to Safe Horizon, an organization dedicated to helping victims of violence. And those are just from people who actually complained. Many don’t.

I’m telling you about this, because people, usually women, don’t have to remain victims.

Rasheta Daniel recognized that.

She got involved with Donnel Bruns about a year ago. They got married a couple of months later. Then things changed.

“He was supposed to be looking for a job. He didn’t want to work," she told me. "I’m working. He was supposed to start school. I don’t know. He just changed.”

Daniel doesn’t want to see Bruns anymore. But the police do. He’s now wanted for robbery. Daniel said she decided to leave when he threw out her clothes and other items.

“Two days later, that’s when he attacked me the first time in front of the store…It was crazy. It was crazy. My faced looked …nobody would help. It was crazy! He stomped me! He punched me to the ground…

"I need help. I wanna feel safe. I wanna go be able to visit my kids without worrying. I wanna go to work or go to sleep without worrying.”

Daniel felt there was no one to help. So she got out of our area.

But there is help. If you’re a victim of violence anywhere in the country, call Safe Horizon. It’s their mission to help. The Safe Horizon domestic violence hotline is 800-621-HOPE (4673). The web site is

If you’re being threatened or hurt, contact them now!

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