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Domestic violence: Understanding the signs and safety planning

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior where the purpose is to gain power and control over a spouse, partner, girl/boyfriend or intimate family member. Abuse is a learned behavior; it is not caused by anger, mental problems, drugs, alcohol or other excuses.

A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that includes ways to remain safe while in a relationship, planning to leave or after you leave.

Everyone in the community has a role in responding to and helping victims overcome domestic violence. For more, click here.

– Julie Peterson, Sojourner Center

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