COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Super Bowl is on a lot of people's minds right now with the big game this Sunday, but domestic violence has been an issue that's dogged the NFL for the past few months.
News Leader 9's Tesia Reed investigated how one Super Bowl commercial is bringing light to the issue.
Georgia ranks number nine in the nation for domestic violence homicides.
The group "No More" is shedding light on domestic violence with a PSA about how a victim can reach out for help, even calling 911, without saying exactly what's going on.
"Some people especially with family violence will not call 911 because they're afraid of what may happen to their abuser," said Candice Person with Hope Harbour. "I commend them on it big time just because like it says at the end about listening, I think a lot of times people don't do that when people try to reach out to us."
In the wake of domestic violence cases in the NFL like Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson,
says the league donated airtime and funds for this commercial. With the game being broadcast in 180 countries, lots of eyeballs will get a look into the home of a victim reaching out for help.
Person says this is a time to educate people and to let victims know they're not alone. Last year seven people died because of domestic violence in Muscogee County, ranking number two in the state outside of Atlanta for domestic violence homicides.
"Everyone wants to say well why doesn't she just leave but until you're in the situation it's really hard to make that decision or that choice," Person advises.
Person adds if you know someone in this situation, don't judge them even though it may be frustrating, and know that whatever choice they make is up to them.
On average, it takes at least seven times before someone leaves an abusive situation.
If you live in the valley and are looking for help, Hope Harour offers resources like a shelter, counseling, and help with legal needs just to name a few.
They also have a confidential crisis line at (706) 324-3850 where someone is there someone is there 24/7 every day of the year.