UPDATE: With 1 in 4 women experiencing some form of domestic violence in their lifetime there are ways of seeking help.
In Iowa there is a Safe at Home law that gives domestic violence victims the right to address confidentiality.
For more information click go to safeathome.gov.
DES MOINES- A Des Moines woman is awaiting the fate of her ex-boyfriend, as he awaits his day in front of the Iowa Board of Parole.
“Oh man, I mean, the emotions are overwhelming,” said Allison. “It’s everything from stress and anxiety to fear, anger, sadness that my life is likely going to change a lot.”
Tiffany’s ex-boyfriend, Scott Wagner Parks, is up for parole in Polk County on Wednesday.
“I say to the parole board, and I’ve said it in the past and I said it again in my last letter to the board, is that the only time that I’m safe, and that the previous victims are safe is when Mr. Parks is behind bars,” said Allison.
Parks has been in prison for assault since 2012. Tiffany is one of seven victims who came forward to police.
“I didn’t find out about all of that until much further down the road, most of it when we were actually at sentencing for him,” she explained.
Tiffany has been open with sharing her story across all kinds of platforms, which began in 2009.
“It started at about five months into the relationship and it graduated from smacking in the face, to holding me hostage in my home and almost murdering me,” she said.
After Parks assaulted Allison, he was booked into prison in 2010 and released in 2011, before going back in the following year.
“I don’t know if Mr. Parks can be rehabilitated,” she said. “I would gather to say, ‘no’, since he’s had this same treatment six times before and recidivised each and every time.”
Allison knows one day Parks will be free, but she’s hoping that won’t be Wednesday. She says she’s frustrated that the punishments for violence are worse than white collar crime or drug use.
“It’s aggravating for us and they really need to—the state of Iowa really needs to look at how they’re handling these matters,” she said.
Parks’ first arrest came in 1999, when he was only 18 years old. His hearing begins on Wednesday at 9 a.m.