A serious look at domestic violence (and what can be done to stop it)

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  1. I also worked in a domestic violence shelter in the mid-80s. It concerns me that, 30 years later, prevention is still a minuscule part of the plan to end DV. It was an inspiring event to see a survivor of abuse regain her self- respect and self-assurance and establish a life for herself and her children free from her abuser. The problem was that, within six months of starting there, I was reading intake paperwork of people new to the shelter. They were new, but the name of their assailant was an old and familiar one. I understand that funding is an issue, but there is more to it than that. I attended an in-service organized by Lou Okon. He was possibly the only person in Michigan at the time working with assailants. After a staged incident of DV, he asked the audience to respond to the actors. There was much interaction with the victims. No one wanted to risk interacting with the abuser.

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