Is my relationship abusive, or is the person I’m with just flawed?
When we hear the phrase “domestic violence,” we tend to think of something physical. But in this episode of On Deadline, Amanda St. Hilaire and Dennis Owens learn about the unexpected ways abuse can creep into our lives and the lives of the people we love.
YWCA Carlisle Prevention Education Coordinator Dana Hippensteel and Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties AMEND Batterers’ Intervention Program co-director Dorothy Andrews discuss why (and how) they’re talking to elementary school students about these tough issues, why it’s hard for victims of abuse to “just leave” the situation, and what we can do if we need help or need to get help for someone else.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1−800−799−7233 (SAFE). You can also call the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties hotline at 1-800-852-2102. The toll-free Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis hotline for Cumberland County is 1-888-727-2877. If you don’t live in Cumberland County or Perry County, they can connect you with a local service.
Below are links and references from this week’s episode:
- Questions to ask yourself about your relationship
- List of red flags of abuse
- 15 excuses batterers use to justify their behavior
- What causes relationship abuse?
- Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties
- Information about AMEND Batterers’ Intervention Program
- YWCA Carlisle sexual assault/rape crisis programs and services for families
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- More information about the effort to redefine masculinity and how men can stop violence