Family Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence

The family of a local woman killed by her estranged husband in March is speaking out and hoping to raise awareness about domestic violence.
PHILIPSBURG, CENTRE COUNTY - The family of a local woman killed by her estranged husband in March is speaking out and hoping to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Saturday marked the six month anniversary of Traci Miscavish's tragic death. Her family doesn't want her story to be forgotten and wants to remind others, help is out there.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Traci's family is using it to spread their message.

"No woman, no man, nobody should have to die to get out of a bad relationship," Joann Raymond said.

It was just six months ago, Joann lost a daughter.

"I told myself I can't do anything to change it," she said. "I have to accept it."

There's not a day that goes by, she doesn't think about Traci and what happened that March day in Philipsburg.

"I just wish help could have come sooner," Joann said.

Now, she's hoping Traci's story will help others.

"I was checking out at a register and the lady asked me how things are going because she is having this same kind of problem and she can't leave, she's afraid to leave," Joann said. "She was hoping because of Traci, things will change and she can get help."

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime reports, one woman is beaten by her husband, or partner, every 15 seconds in the United States.

"We still need to do more to get the message out that it's still something that's happening and there is help available for you," Jody Althouse, of the Centre County Women's Resource Center, said.

Althouse sees it every day.

"We at the Women's Resource Center, served over 900 victims of domestic violence in the past fiscal year," she said.

"I didn't realize there was so much domestic violence out there," Glenn Raymond said. "I have seen so much of it anymore, it just boggles my mind."

Glenn and Gina Raymond think about their sister everyday, too.

"It's just a day by day thing," Glenn said. "Some days are better than others."

They, too hope this month, and every month, others will use Traci's story to learn how to get help.

"I think the best thing is education for victims and for victims families," Gina said.

"Like my mother said, you should have to die to get out of a relationship," Glenn said.

Gina and Glenn continue to work with Representative Scott Conklin to move a Protection From Abuse Bill forward in the state. That bill will require both the victim and abuser of serious PFA cases, to wear GPS tracking bracelets to help prevent future tragedies from happening.

Visit the Centre County Women's Resource Center website for upcoming events in Centre County to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness.

Penn State will broadcast Telling Amy's Story Wednesday, October 2, at 6 p.m. in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium at the Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus. For more information, click here.

For anyone wanting additional information or if you need help, visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence website, or call the hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
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