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Domestic Abuse Disruption: Self Defense Class

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Article Written by Alexa Halages

On Sunday, December 4th, The Panhellenic Council hosted an event to bring awareness to young women about protecting themselves from attackers. This event was a self-defense class focusing on an “approach” situation and a “sexual assault” situation. Trey Gregory, owner of Domestic Abuse Disruption (D.A.D.), taught Roanoke College students a “cheat technique.” This is a three-step defense technique where you aren’t trying to act as your attacker’s opponent, but rather have enough time to escape the dangerous situation.  The students were also taught how to get out of a sexual assault situation, if ever in one.

Trey Gregory and cofounder Kenny Overstreet are locals who offer services to victims of domestic violence.  D.A.D. was not founded on the intent of being a service, but was rather founded on accident. Before self-defense, Gregory started as a serving process, meaning he communicated with attorneys to get proper paperwork from a court case. With this came one case that really started it all. “This woman had won the divorce settlement and her ex-husband refused to take orders from the judge. He threatened to take more belongings than were awarded, causing a concern from the woman’s lawyer. The woman’s attorney asked if there was anything that I could do,” said Gregory. Trey called his childhood friend Kenny, showed up to the house and introduced himself to the ex-husband. “This made the ex-husband so upset, that he ended up leaving without any of the belongings that were awarded to him in the settlement,” said Gregory. “The word spread and more lawyers asked for my assistance.”

D.A.D. now offers more services like, escorting women to and from court to avoid intimidation and removal from abusive situations. Gregory also offers his “cheat techniques,” which is a free class that shows women how to defend themselves in real life situations. The class began by recognizing fear and using intuition to detect a potentially dangerous situation. Gregory explained that there is not room for political correctness when it comes to self-defense. One idea that Gregory emphasized was being one step ahead. He asked the crowd what their biggest fear was, and classic “darknes,”, “spiders,” and “heights” were blurted out. He used the darkness fear to continue his point. He said “You’re afraid of being taken in the dark, but as you walk down a dark hallway and you are snatched, you are no longer scared of the dark, you’re scared of what is going happen next.”

Another interesting service that D.A.D. offers is a tutoring program. This helps women who have been in an abusive relationship, be taught new skills to make them more employable. This helps these women stay away from falling back into the abusive trap. Tutors can teach skills as simple as reading and writing, to using excel.

If you are interested in learning more about D.A.D. or any of their services, contact Trey Gregory at (540)556-7059 or through their website. www.dadhelps.org.