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For police and detectives communication is the key to solving any crime. Due to tensions between the police and the communities they serve people are often reluctant or afraid to talk to the police. In the case of domestic violence the same tensions between people and the police remain, where victims are reluctant to call the police for help. A victim of intimate partner violence may also withhold information, due to fear, legal status or the belief justice won’t prevail. However, when reporting domestic violence it is important to be forth coming with all the information in order for law enforcement to catch the perpetrator. More often than not, officers would rather not re-victimize someone who has been abused, and will focus on the crime that is being reported. ...

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At the beginning of a relationship no one thinks about what they will do if they are ever assaulted by their partner. If abuse occurs the victim is usually unprepared for what to do next, and the first instinct is usually not to start collecting evidence. This is why many times there is no documentation of abuse, and victims are left without any proof in a “he said, she said” situation should a case of domestic violence come to court. However, just because there is no evidence of intimate partner violence does not mean abuse has not occurred. Survivors of domestic violence are often met with disbelief which makes it all the more difficult for victims to come forward. Sometimes a good non-judgmental listening ear can make a huge difference ...

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Did you know that an abuser will often humiliate their partner as a way to break down their self-esteem. Repeated humiliation over time numbs the victims to the emotional damage. Abuse often follows an escalating pattern of intensity. As the victim becomes accustom to the abuse, they are unaware of the increase in mistreatment. Abuse slowly becomes the norm and domestic violence is left unaddressed. ...

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Did you know that an abuser will use silence as a weapon to emotionally deny the needs of their partner. The silent treatment is a way to isolate an abused intimate partner. Withdrawing from the emotional needs of an intimate partner is a way to break down self-esteem, which grooms them for potential physical or sexual abuse. ...

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Did you know that an abuser will use religion to justify abuse by taking out of context scriptures about submission to control their partner. Faith is an important part of many people’s lives, so the belief that leaving abuse will threaten their relationship with God will motivate an abused partner to stay. However, the Bible does not condone domestic violence or require a woman to remain in an abusive relationship. The statistics of domestic violence in the faith community are the same as the statistics of domestic violence outside the faith community 1 in 3 women. ...

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