UVa Today: Domestic Violence

May 14, 2010

In this week's UVa. Today segment, Kathryn Laughon joined CBS19's Tiffani Sargent to discuss the issue of domestic violence, and how we, as friends, neighbors and loved ones, can recognize signs of abuse within relationships.

Laughon, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, says one-in-four women will experience violence in a relationship in their lifetime. She added that young women are at an even greater risk of abuse, especially for the more severe forms of abuse.

Almost 50% of women that are murdered are killed by a current or former partner.

Click on the video link above to hear more about some tell-tale signs of domestic abuse.

You can also visit the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance website, the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline website or the Family Violence Protection Fund website. People interested in more information can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-838-8238.

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