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Used purposely by the perpetrator.Research on aggression shows that people assault loved ones for two primary reasons: to punish and to control their behavior.
It is not the result of provocation. Most violent people have control over their behavior. They choose to be violent because they think it's their right and because it works for the moment.
It is a community problem, not just a family problem. Anyone who assaults another person has committed a crime. Arrest and prosecution for assaults deter many batterers from hitting again.
It breeds kids who will use force against others. It leaves victims and abusers in isolation. It fills friends, family and neighbors with fear. It costs our community money - like any other disaster.
Here are 10 warning signs:
Don't ignore the warning signs. Reach out with concern, and remind the person help is available. If you, or someone you know, needs help, see our information on law enforcement agencies and victim advocates.
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