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Published: Sunday, 11/10/2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To prevent abuse, help the abusers

Something is noticeably missing in the message of domestic abuse awareness outreach campaigns: prevention of becoming an abuser (“Red flags: Program helps moms protect kids from abuse at hands of boyfriends,” Nov. 3).

There are countless free resources for victims of domestic violence, but few resources for men with anger issues to get help before a violent incident occurs, or to stop the cycle of violence on their own.

Even in community mental health organizations, men’s anger management groups are scarce.

Why does awareness occur after the fact? Why aren’t there free services to prevent abuse from happening?

I am a survivor of emotional and physical abuse. That experience makes me ask: Where is the prevention?

The only way to stop the cycle of domestic violence is to help the abuser.

JESSICA PACYNSKI

Tremainsville Road



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