Domestic Abuse Rising but Community can offer Support

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Rich or poor, black or white, big city or small town... it doesn't matter. The number of victims of domestic violence in the United States is growing. Experts say the subject is talked about more frequently, but there are still steps we can take to help those in need.

The Women's Community in Wausau helps many women and families in our area, struggling with through an abusive relationship. They also hope to help our community understand just how big of a struggle getting out of that situation can be.

Jane Graham Jennings is the shelter's executive director. She says one of the most common reasons anyone stays in an abusive relationship is because of fear; fear of retaliation after they leave, or fear of how to leave at all.

She says the best thing we can do as a community to help, is to change the way we perceive those in tough situations.

"Why do we ask the question, why does that person stay, who cares?," said Graham Jennings, "there are a hundred reasons that make sense in some way, why a person stays. it never makes sense why a person purposefully hurts a person they claim to love."

Questioning the person who is being abused, only makes them feel more trapped in the relationship, and can actually lead them to stay longer.

One of the best things you can do to help someone in an abusive relationship is to offer your support. Even reminding a victim that you care about them, and that you are there if they need you, let's them know you are there to be a non-judgmental support system.

The Women's Community is there 24 hours a day to help anyone in need.
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