In a town where so many strive, and often seem to achieve perfection, it can be hard to admit you need help. Everywhere you look, there are perfect cars, perfect people, perfect clothes and especially, perfect families. So when faced with a problem such as domestic violence, it is tempting to hide behind that veil of perfection and hope to ride it out, expecting things to get better. Because, often in this town, it can seem like it’s better to pretend than for others to know the truth.
Perhaps that’s why domestic violence remains one of the most underreported crimes against women. Domestic violence survivor Janine Latus talked about her experience at the Darien Library last week. Both Latus and her sister were victims of domestic violence. Latus lived to tell her story. Her sister did not.