IMPD recruits get training to stop domestic violence

Police in Indianapolis are going through intense training so they know how to spot domestic violence.

"He was strangling me. He had his hands around my neck," said victim Dountonia Slack.

Slack is able to talk publicly about surviving what she calls a violent marriage with repeated sudden abuse.

"This man, he body slammed me, he strangled me, he dragged me, punched me in my face," Slack said.

Domestic violence training for new IMPD recruits at the academy comes with some real life reminders about the dangers they will face.

In less than a year's time, IMPD lost officers Rod Bradway and Perry Renn after they responded to disturbance calls.

"You just never know when you get there," said IMPD Det. Anna Humkey.

Humkey investigates domestic violence cases for IMPD. She says the training can not only save the victim, but officers, too.

"It could be just an argument or it could be something like Renn and Bradway walked into, which is something far more serious," she said.

Just like in the case of NBA star Greg Oden, who is facing charges for battery on his girlfriend, sometimes a victim tries to cover up. But with the right training, officers can spot the telltale signs of abuse.

"It could be anger, it could be rage, it could be sadness or aloof, as if nothing happened and we are at the wrong house," Humkey said.

After finally shattering the silence in her home, Slack hopes other victims are also able to break free with the help of officers trained on domestic violence.

"To not only assess the individuals, but also the environment," she said.

Shattering the Silence