This episode contains a very important conversation about domestic violence, which may include emotional, physical, sexual and economic abuse. This might be painful and triggering for some listeners. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Again, that is 1-800-799-SAFE or 7233. You may also text the word START to 88788. Help is available.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, economic and emotional/psychological abuse.” While the frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically, it “is prevalent in every community, and affects people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality”.
Domestic violence is difficult to talk about, and there remains a great deal of confusion about how it happens and why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. Today, Patricia speaks with Liliana Lopez, Director of Programs at the WomenShelter of Long Beach, about the realities of domestic violence.
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