High-profile cases like Jonathan Taylor bring awareness to domestic violence

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Maurice Taylor was dismissed from the Alabama Crimson Tide football team after he was arrested on domestic violence charges over the weekend.

Last July, Taylor was accused of aggravated assault while living in Georgia. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says that he wanted to give Taylor a second chance.

“Jonathan Taylor came here. We gave him an opportunity. It didn’t work out. He failed. We’re sorry. It’s time to move on,” Saban said at a press conference on Monday.

According to Tuscaloosa Police, the assault happened at a residence off of the 100 Block of E 15th street. There are multiple apartment buildings in that area.

The report states that the 24-year-old victim had minor injuries to her neck from the assault. Taylor was placed in the county jail on a $1,000 bond and a mandatory 12 hour hold.

“I think he’s a good person but I think he has a problem and this circumstance is not acceptable,” Saban said.

Tuscaloosa native Keith Foster says he does not let his football loyalty cloud his judgement on how Saban’s handled this serious situation.

“By me being an Auburn fan I can say this without being biased. I feel like Saban did the right thing. He gave (Taylor) a second chance and you can’t ask for anything more,” said Foster.

Annetta Nunn with the Birmingham YWCA says she sees second chances given in the court system as well.

“They give people a second chance and they don’t live up to their expectations. That’s why it’s important when people are accused of domestic violence that they receive counseling that is specifically for abusers,” Nunn said.

Nunn says, ultimately, high profile cases raise domestic violence awareness. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

“It’s estimated that only 25% of all domestic violence cases are reported. So if we say that one in four women are being abused you can multiply that number. It is a very serious problem not only in our community but nationwide,” said Nunn.

If you are a victim of domestic violence there is a statewide hotline number you can call at 1-800-650-6522. From there, specialists can help assist victims of domestic violence escape dangerous situations.

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