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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on October 10, 2013 @ 7:17PM
Created on October 10, 2013 @ 2:48PM

A few weeks ago, 5 News told you our state ranks eighth when it comes to the rate of women murdered by men.

With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, experts in our region said there's still a lot of work to do when it comes to stopping the violence.

They said there's lingering misconceptions about domestic violence and abuse. Many people often wonder why the victim just doesn't leave. Experts said what most people don't understand is that the victim may have financial or religious reasons for staying.

Those with children involved in an abusive relationship may be hesitant to leave as well. While most victims are usually women, domestic violence toward men also happens.

Those who work with domestic violence victims said we need to focus on the right questions to help them.

Marcia Drake, the executive director for Women's Aid in Crisis said, "So often we hear the question, 'Why doesn't she leave?' and really the question should be, 'Why does he abuse?' That's what should be addressed."

If you'd like to show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness month, you're asked to wear the color purple.


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