Wayne County News Reports:     

       On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Deputy Jim Green was dispatched to 103 Rocky Top Lane on a possible domestic.  When he arrived, he spoke to Shaundra Brewer who stated she was arguing with Robert Lee Holt when he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her out onto the front porch.  She then went back into the house to retrieve a bag with some clothes in it and told him she was going to leave. According to the report, when she went back outside, Mr. Holt grabbed her by the throat again and held her a little longer before he shoved her, causing her to stumble off the porch.  Deputy Green noted she had red marks on her throat and scratches on her arm.  Ms. Brewer also stated she was afraid for her life.  Mr. Holt was arrested for aggravated assault (domestic) and booked into Wayne County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.  Mr. Holt had been charged with aggravated assault (domestic) in March of 2008, and domestic assault in July of 2005, April 2010, and December, 20113.


     Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes.  Approximately, only 1/4   of all physical assaults are reported.  In The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s recently released crime report, Domestic Violence incidents made up 51.4% of all crimes against persons. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.


       One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 85% of domestic violence victims are women.  In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.


      Incidences of domestic violence which are not universally acknowledged include:


  • COERCION AND THREATS- threaten to harm, leave, report to welfare, forcing to drop charges or do something illegal

  • INTIMIDATION-making afraid by looks, actions or gestures, destroying property, abusing pets, displaying weapons

  • EMOTIONAL ABUSE- putting down, calling names, mind games, humiliation, accusing of insanity, made to feel guilty

  • ISOLATION-limiting friends, activities, reading material, outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions

  • MINIMIZING, DENYING and BLAMING-making light of or denying abuse, not taking concerns seriously, shifting the blame

  • USING CHILDREN- made to feel guilty about children, using children to convey messages, using visitation to harass, threatening to take children away

  • ECONOMIC ABUSE-preventing from getting or keeping a job, withholding money, giving allowance, keeping in dark about family finances

  • MALE PRIVILEGE-treating her like a servant, making all the big decisions, acting like the “master of the castle,” defining the male/female roles


Source: National Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf