Domestic violence is a hard subject to talk about because it normally takes place behind closed doors and between family members.
But it is a serious issue that plays out every day across America. Most victims suffer in silence for a while, but there are usually only two ways for domestic violence to end — separation or death.
“We’ve had every race and economic status,” said Barry Staubus, district attorney general for Sullivan County. “We’ve had physicians, which was a murder, all the way down to the chronically unemployed and everything in between.”
According to a report released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, about 1.3 million women are victims of domestic physical assault every year. Between 2010 and 2012, there were 252,480 reported cases of domestic violence in Tennessee.
Domestic violence is not only physical abuse, but verbal and emotional abuse as well. Just because someone doesn’t have bruises on their face doesn’t mean they aren’t suffering at the hands of an abuser.
According to a report from the TBI, domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors used by one individual intending to exert power and control over another person in an intimate relationship. It can be physical, sexual or psychological.Read more in the Sunday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.