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Victims should seek shelter

We have noticed a lot of family violence assault stories making their way to our front page lately.
An attack between a girlfriend and boyfriend or husband and wife for some unacceptable reason is always a terrible thing to hear about, but what is more frightening are the statistics concerning the amount of times a woman will stay with the man after taking a beating from his own hands.
According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, one out of every four women will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million victims are attacked from loved ones in an intimate relationship. As overwhelming as those numbers are, only about 20 percent of those people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection orders.
How many trips in an ambulance or interventions from family members warning to stay away from an abusive partner does it take before a person realizes they need to flee their “supposed” loved one? You don’t hear many love stories about dysfunctional couples who would beat one another during arguments only to overcome the odds and end up having a successful relationship with 2.5 kids, a dog and a house with walk-in closets, pool and white picket fence.
You may believe it was a one-time occurrence or those statements about becoming a better person are true and it’s not our place to say they won’t come true, but conventional wisdom says its just not that likely.
Should you be the victim of domestic violence, contact local police or call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233. There is another way out there. You just have to be willing to take a chance on a better life.

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