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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Domestic violence should never be tolerated

Friday, October 11, 2013

Here are some words for those who are victims of domestic violence: Do not tolerate it. Period. End of story.

Who are we talking about here? Primarily women and children who are, of course, more vulnerable. Perpetrators are usually men, but there are always exceptions.

Regardless of the source of violence, no one, especially children, should live in an environment where the threat is real and ever-present. No one should protect a family member who is violent. If they do it once, they will do it again.

Studies have shown that women who are victims of domestic violence often feel helpless and alone. They live in world full of blind optimism, thinking that, well, the husband or boyfriend seems apologetic and will change. That change rarely comes, though, and the cycle continues.

In this environment, children are particularly hurt because they live in fear and dread. The effects of domestic violence on children can be devastating, and no adult should ever allow this to begin in the first place, and certainly not continue.

Since October is Domestic Violence Month, the Franklin County Family Resource Center (FRC) is spreading the word that help is available for those who are subject of domestic violence. The center wants any victim to know that all it takes is a phone call to get help.

Domestic violence is officially defined as a pattern of physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abusive behaviors used by one individual to assert power or maintain control over another in the context of an intimate or family relationship. Of course, you know it when you see it.

The key is to never let it start to begin with. Again, do not tolerate it at all. Ever. At the first sign of violence, leave, seek help. Never fool yourself into thinking it's just a one-time occurrence.

And always think about the children. They are innocent. They are at the mercy of those who are raising them. They should never have to live in fear.

We urge anyone who is subject to domestic violence to get help. People are ready to provide assistance and will do so quickly.

The domestic violence hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (540) 483-1234.

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