Rome daughter's desperate plea, that has gone viral, proves domestic violence hits the entire family. The woman turned to social media, sharing GRAPHIC photos (that you can see below), begging her mother to find the strength to leave before it's too late.

"My mother is begging me not to involve law enforcement," she shared on Facebook, which is not uncommon. Domestic violence victims are often reluctant to report abuse because of shame or fear of retaliation.

Law enforcement got involved anyway after an anonymous tip was sent to the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and an arrest was made.

Sharing the results of domestic violence on Facebook, the daughter hopes her mother "will see the damage done to her and find a way out of a toxic situation."

This Rome family isn't alone. Just look at the scary statistic of domestic violence in America.

*A woman is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds
*3 women die at the hands of their abusers every day
*1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner
*1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been stalked in their lifetime

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, get help from the Domestic Violence Advocate at the Rome Police Department by calling 315-838-1909 or at the Mohawk Valley YWCA that has a number of services available.

*24-hour confidential hotline
*Individual and group counseling
*Advocacy and accompaniment throughout medical and legal procedures
*Support, information and and referrals
*Short and long term residential programs for victims of domestic violence
*Violence and prevention education

Herkimer County Sexual ViolenceService - 315-866-4120
Oneida County Domestic & Sexual Violence Services  - 315-797-7740

Get more information at

Other services available in Central New York:
Domestic Violence Program of Herkimer County - 24 hour hotline 315-866-0458

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available for help 24 hours at day at 1−800−799−7233.

There's also a private Facebook group where victims of abuse can talk, ask for advice, share stories and gather strength from each other. They can post and not be afraid someone outside the group will see it.

The domestic violence Facebook post, that contains graphic photos, has been shared more than 100,000 times and a Go Fund Me Campaign has been set up to help with medical expenses and lost time from work.


Being a victim of violence myself, although not to this extent, I know how hard it is. There's nothing you can say that will make a difference. You can only let them know you love them, you're there to help and pray that one day they'll look in the mirror and say ENOUGH! Unfortunately for some, that day never comes.

If you are a victim, I pray YOU find the strength and courage to say ENOUGH and get the help you so desperately need. You're worth it and there's no shame in reaching out. YOU'RE the victim. It's the abuser who should be ashamed!

Photo Credit: Chris Green/TSM
Photo Credit: Chris Green/TSM

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