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Domestic Violence Hurts Everyone

Our community must not tolerate domestic abuse.

October 15, 2009
Commentary contributed by Dr. Michael Ra Bouchard · Hilo

Thinking of assaults as “family spats” or “a private matter” is mistaken and trivializing. Our community must not tolerate domestic abuse.

If you’re in an abusive relationship, or know someone who is, don’t stand by silently. Speak up about it and get help. Abusers must be held accountable for their behavior, and mandated to receive anger management and domestic violence treatment.

Children need to grow up with good fathers and mothers—nonviolent role models who teach by example that love is not abusive.

Dating or domestic violence is good reason for ending a relationship. Bullying and verbal attacks are warning signs you must take seriously. Healthy relationships resolve conflict in ways that leave both parties feeling good about themselves, and never at the expense of one person’s feelings, safety and well-being.



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