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Smart Talk: Public "aware" of domestic violence but what to do is next step

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 5, 2014 2:54 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, October 6, 2014:

The graphic video image of former NFL player Ray Rice hitting his then fiancee and knocking her unconscious has served at least one useful purpose.

It brought attention to the issue of domestic violence.  Even with many organizations actively highlighting volumes of information and hundreds of stories of violent incidents, unfortunately it often takes a celebrated case like Rice's to make people stand up, listen, and learn.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The fallout from the Rice incident and the subsequent criticism of how the National Football League handled the situation helped to make the public aware.  And now that more people may realize that domestic violence is widespread and can and does happen to anyone without demographic or financial barriers, the next steps are to prevent it and to help those who are the victims of domestic violence.

The statistics are alarming.  One-hundred-seven people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania last year.  Thousands more were injured physically or emotionally.  Many didn't know where to turn.

There are new programs and laws to aid in the battle against domestic violence all the time.

We'll hear what's new and what else we should know on Monday's Smart Talk.


Appearing on the program are Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate and Peg Dierkers, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

If you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence here are some ways to get help. Visit, the website for the Office of the Victim Advocate, or call 1-800-563-6399. Also visit Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence at or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2014-10-06 08:15

    Once again, I will say what I have said other times on this topic--------until we recognize it for what it actually is, and change the name of it to reflect the reality we will not fully arouse the public sentiment:


    Re-badge it, engage the public consciousness to it by identifying it for its effects which are ones of PTSD for the millions of women and the children exposed to it just as are the effects of any prolonged exposure to terror------and not just in the USA, but around the world. It is a global issue, a global social problem.


    Call it what it is.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-06 08:28

    Sarah in Harrisburg emailed:

    Good morning,

    I'm sure there is a bell curve of interest in domestic violence because of the NFL experience. You've mentioned that since Rice, you have experienced a significant uptick in calls. When do you expect calls to your offices to level off? Based on Jerry Sandusky pedophilia case, how long did the pedophilia awareness bubble to last?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-06 08:48

    Manuel from Carlisle emailed:

    I spent 20 years in a marriage with violence against me. I was regularly beaten, having items thrown at me, and having my possessions destroyed. There is a significant culture against men who are victims in this matter, and there are rarely real resources available for them as I can attest.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-06 08:51

    Thomas emailed:

    I disagree with your panelists 100%, false reporting is something that happens too often and your statistics are skewed because of the amounts of not guilty people being found guilty!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-10-06 09:03

    Darrell emailed:

    Can you please address this question to the panel?

    I understand that the most critical issue to address is men physically abusing women - as that is the predominant human abuse to address first. I do believe that something is being missed in the data - How many men are being mentally abused in relationships? I seriously doubt there is any valid data on this subject as I would postulate that most men would not report it, believing they just "have to take it". What should a man do if he believes he is suffering mental abuse? Where should he turn for a definition? Who can he talk to?

  • Juanita Sprenkle Jones img 2014-10-06 10:24

    I began working in the field of domestic violence by being one of the founders of the York YWCA ACCESS-York program for victims. For the past 25 years I have been working for victims by working with those who have been abusive. One of the characteristics of men who are abusive to their partners is that they consider themselves victims and use that to justify some of their abuse. I have heard some of them say, 'She hurts me more with words than I can hurt her with my hands.'

    My program is offering a training on those who abuse others on November 14 in York. It is titled "Anger is How He Does It, Not Why He Does It: From Kyriarchy to Accountability with Domestic Abuse Perpetrators. Continuing Education credits are available to marriage and family counselors, social workers, and substance abuse counselors. Register online at
    or by calling 717-852-4357.

  • April T. img 2014-10-06 11:23

    Thank you for the show that highlighted resources for victims of domestic violence. Before the end of domestic violence awareness month, perhaps you could do a show that focuses on the risk factors that indicate someone might use violence against a wife or girlfriend and what is the treatment for those who batter or abuse.