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Did you know that in homes where domestic violence is present child abuse is 15 times more likely to occur. A child may try to defend a parent who is being abused and as a result be abused themselves by the aggressor. The child is told, “what goes on in this house, stays in this house,” and develops a code of silence and never reports the violence they have witnessed or experienced. ...

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Local domestic and sexual violence agencies, and community supporters gathered to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives due to intimate partner violence and honor survivors and their families. The Day of Unity was a time for survivors to share their stories, testify on behalf of those who have passed away, and be surrounded by love and support from individuals and advocacy agencies who care about this important issue. Unified we can break the silence surrounding domestic violence and come together to end the vicious cycle of abuse. If you or anyone you know needs help please call our 24hour hotline (757) 723-7774. ...

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Did you know that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs later in life. Unaddressed trauma from childhood creates a desire to escape. Drugs and alcohol become vessels to escape the pain when the wound from domestic violence remain in adulthood. ...

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Did you know that girls who watch their mothers being physically abused are 80% more likely to be physically abused by an intimate partner when they reach adulthood. As a child, a girl may swear that she’d would never let a man treat her the way she saw her mother get treated. However, the deep wounds remain an unwanted lesson in life where she learns how to tolerate abuse from an intimate partner. ...

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Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month-October 19, 2017 ...

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