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We think you will enjoy this month’s feature article “Heroes in the Field.” It’s an inspiring story of Glenda Cook, a paralegal who, through facing many challenges and sharing her passionate heart, went on to become an “angel” to many people.
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Heroes in the Field: The Story of Glenda Cook
By Rodney Lumpkins
How One Paralegal Overcame Tremendous Obstacles to be Recognized and Awarded for Extraordinary Efforts
Domestic or intimate partner violence may be one of most widespread criminal offenses in America. Yet it is consistently one of the least reported. Although most abuse victims are female, there is no typical victim. Domestic violence affects people of all ages, races, religions, income and education levels.
Although a lack of reporting makes statistics hard to gather, a 2008 study conducted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported that about 35% of women who go to emergency rooms are thought to be victims of abuse. The study also concluded that 1 out of 3 women murdered in this country are victims of domestic violence. That’s an alarming figure. Now imagine what domestic violence looks like through the eyes of a child.
Meet Ms. Glenda Cook. Glenda is a remarkable woman that has taken the traumatic and terrorizing experiences that she lived through as a child and turned them into something good to help so many others in need.