An Observation from Baltimore County Police Event

May 22nd, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD – The Domestic Violence Liaison with the Baltimore County Police Department invited KMF President Bill Mitchell to share his daughter’s story at a specialized training session on Friday, May 18th. The presentation took place during a two-day training course on Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence.

In the audience, Ms. Sande Reisett, who has worked in the area of domestic violence for a very long time, was an interested observer. Here are her words:

“When I heard that Bill was speaking at the Police Academy, I asked if I could be a fly on the wall.  Over the years, I’ve seen him reduce an audience of close to a thousand to pin dropping silence and been there at press conferences when even hardened media people choked back tears.  I was anxious to see how this group of police officers, detectives, recruits and domestic violence advocates would react to a talk that never mentioned statistics, but instead put a face to an issue they see on the streets everyday.

“It didn’t take long to get my answer, four minutes to be exact.  That was when the short video ended and the room of close to 70 people realized that the beautiful young girl they’d seen on the screen was now only a father’s memory and a domestic violence statistic.  I heard gasps when Bill told of her injuries and saw heads nodding when he went over the warning signs, but it was after the program that the impact really hit home.

“One young woman in the audience pulled a detective aside to talk about her recent break up with her boyfriend.  What she had originally written off as an uncomfortable situation now took on a more ominous meaning.  While the detective schooled her on the precautionary steps she should be taking, a parole and probations officer came looking for the Kristin’s Krusade warning sign cards.  The officer told me that she often gets calls from victims but never knows which to take seriously.  After Bill’s talk, she realized the answer was – all of them.  I don’t know of any other speaker who can accomplish that kind of attitude change in under one hour.”

The Kristin Mitchell Foundation deeply appreciates the observations made by Ms. Sande Reisett. We invite comments to this, and all articles on this website.

2 Responses to “An Observation from Baltimore County Police Event”

  1. Samantha Berman Says:

    This article gave me goosebumps. I never would have thought to take these kinds of stories too seriously either, until I lived through the tragedy that was this one. And despite having lived through it, I am still shocked, awed, and beyond moved at Bill’s ability to captivate a crowd by sharing the experience of his loss. I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone, but I can say that I don’t know anyone who would do more to prevent domestic violence tragedies in the future than Bill and Michele have done, and for that many parents, grandparents, and siblings all across PA and MD should be eternally grateful.

  2. bmitchell Says:

    Thank you very much, Samantha. I hope nobody else needs to do this either. — Bill M.

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