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Domestic violence awareness; working to end the cycle of abuse

FILE - In this Oct. 23 2019, file photo, a woman paints some signs before pasting them on buildings in the streets of Paris. As families across the country and the globe hunker down at home, there's another danger, also insidious if less immediately obvious, that worries advocates and officials: A potential spike in domestic violence.

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FILE - In this Oct. 23 2019, file photo, a woman paints some signs before pasting them on buildings in the streets of Paris. As families across the country and the globe hunker down at home, there's another danger, also insidious if less immediately obvious, that worries advocates and officials: A potential spike in domestic violence.

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Airdate: October 25, 2021

To help individuals who are experiencing domestic violence it is important to first identify what defines that behavior.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

The abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or can include psychological actions or threats of actions. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone.

Domestic violence is broadly defined and there is no one solution to solving or stopping the problem.

Julie Bancroft, is the Chief Public Affairs officer, Communications, Government Relations for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and she appears on Smart Talk Monday to elaborate on the topic as part of Domestic Violence Awareness month.

 

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