Domestic Violence Victims to Tell Stories Amity House Sponsoring Free Forum in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK -- Survivors of family violence will share their experiences at an upcoming public forum highlighting the ongoing observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The free forum, Domestic Violence: Survivors Speak Out, will be at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Science Lecture Hall at Coastal Georgia Community College in Brunswick. The forum is sponsored by Amity House domestic violence shelter in Brunswick, and the college.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The forum is one of several public education and awareness projects slated throughout the county.

Family violence knows no social or economic boundaries, authorities say.

Last Thursday, the body of a missing Brunswick woman was unearthed from the front yard of her upscale Glynn County home. Her husband was charged with malice murder after telling police that he accidentally shot and killed her, then buried her with a backhoe because he panicked.

"The trend appears to be that more victims are being killed, not just statewide but also in our area. The level of violence also seems to be increasing. It's not enough for the abuser to beat the victim, it's escalating to murder more and more often," said Pam Kesegi, executive director of Amity House.

Amity House, a non-profit community organization, provides emergency shelter to Southeast Georgia domestic violence victims and their children.

It has a 24-hour crisis hot line, offers support groups, has trained victims' advocates and volunteers on staff and operates a food pantry and clothes closet for victims.

At least 47 women statewide, including two in Glynn County and one Ware County man, have been slain in apparent domestic disputes so far this year. In comparison, 51 women statewide were killed last year, state statistics show.

The most recent Southeast Georgia case occurred last week.

The decomposed body of Yukie Tatro, 53, was discovered last Thursday in a shallow grave at her estimated $300,000 home overlooking the marsh on Red Maple Lane in Serenoa Cove Estates.

William David Tatro, 52, is jailed without bond in the death. Police have not pinpointed the motive in the killing.

Yukie Tatro was a former volunteer at Amity House who helped care for children of domestic violence victims, Kesegi said.

On July 1, Linda Watson, 40, was fatally shot by her boyfriend, John A. Bell, 56, who then shot himself at their home in the Beverly Shores subdivision in Brunswick. …