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During my 9 years in law enforcement, I saw with my own eyes, the damage domestic violence can do. It is not just the primary victim of the violence, weather it be mental or physical violence. The entire family, kids along with the primary victim suffer the consequences. The children of domestic violence families suffer some of the most severe forms of mental abuse you can imagine. Seeing their parent being hurt in any number of ways by another parent. I can not begin to think of the contradiction and confliction this causes in their minds.
Domestic Violence is often called the silent crime, because the victims live in a state of fearful silence. Afraid to talk to anyone, for fear of retribution from their abuser. Afraid of being ostracized by their friends or community. Fear of losing the only thing they know as family. Just simply fear, what a terrible way to have to live. Both women and men suffer from domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and socio economic backgrounds. It is usually developed from a pattern of abuse. The good news is the pattern can be broken. It takes people speaking out, making the public aware, and giving victims the strength to reach out for help.
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