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Domestic violence in the midstate

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 18, 2012 9:51 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, January 19:

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  About 1,200 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.  If those statistics aren't shocking enough, it is estimated that only about one-quarter of all physicial assaults, one-fifth of all rapes, and one-half of all stalkings are reported to police.

Whether we know it or not, we all probably are acquainted with someone who is in an abusive relationship. 

The news is filled with tragic stories of domestic violence.  One would think we as a society would be educated about it but there are still myths and a sense by many that it happens to other people.  

Meanwhile, the victims of domestic violence often cling to hopes that they can change their abusive partner or that it was an isolated incident.

On Thursday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll focus on domestic violence in the midstate -- the causes, what to look for, the myths, and how to get help.

Information about Pennsylvania Crime Victims, which aims to help victims of domestic violence, can be found here, and the phone number for the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-SAFE (7233).


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