Smart Talk: Domestic Violence — ending the abuse

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of abuse and how to prevent it from happening.

More than 1,600 Pennsylvanians have died from domestic violence in the last decade, and last year alone there were 123 victims in Pennsylvania. Sixty-seven percent of those victims were killed by a current or former intimate partner and most often a firearm were used. Domestic violence affects all areas of society — men, women and children, young and mature, all races and socio-economic groups, but women make up a disproportionately higher number of victims.

Susan Higgenbotham

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Susan Higgenbotham, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, appears on Smart Talk on October 17, 2019.

Preventing domestic violence before it occurs means taking a multi-tracked approach. This includes engaging men and boys in the problem and creating “safe communities” on college campus’s and in faith-based organizations, for example.

Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss tackling the problem of domestic violence in Pennsylvania is Susan Higgenbotham, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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