Fast Focus: 'What can be done to prevent domestic violence?' Better support

September 22, 2013 

I believe domestic violence could be minimized if people would learn anger management and stress management techniques. I am also sensing there may be a lack of self-esteem in those individuals who think hurting or killing their current or ex partner is a solution.

As parents, friends, coworkers and acquaintances, we all need to be part of a positive solution for these individuals who either don't have anger or stress management techniques or self-esteem by offering support, positive solutions, and/or resources.

The other culprit to DV is drugs. Drugs can turn a person violent very easily so it is important for those of us who find out we are dating someone on drugs to seek support to get out of that relationship. A relationship with a drug addict never turns out well.

By having positive support systems we can all work together to minimize domestic violence and most importantly, please, please, please do not give up on a person who goes back to their abuser. Those are the ones that need our support the most. If people turned their back on me, I may not be here today.

-- APRIL MILLER, Richland

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