October 4, 2017

Domestic violence survivor offers advice for stakeholders

By Nick Watson

The (Gainesville) Times

After three months of intensive rehabilitation, multiple surgeries and roughly 19 months away from her job, April Ross returned to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in November 2015.

Her caseload would be focused on domestic violence cases, as she had spent the past year and a half recovering from three gunshot wounds from her estranged husband in April 2014.

Ross was the highlighted speaker at the Domestic Violence Breakfast and Briefing Tuesday in Gainesville, which is presented by the Hall County Domestic Violence Task Force.

“Our motto has to be collaboration, not condescension. Understanding, not insensitivity. And don’t get so jaded in your own world that you forget to remember and open up to this person. If you’re going to touch their lives, then you’ve got to go all the way in,” she said.

To read the complete story, originally published in The Times on Oct. 3, 2017, and to view photos from the event, click here.