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UVa Helps Victims of Domestic Violence

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Wednesday August 29, 2007

Many pass by everyday down on The Corner but don't even know it's there. Inside the UVa. Women's Center sits a group of advocates, there to help any student affected by domestic violence.

Claire Kaplan is one of those victim advocates and she urges friends and loved ones to look out for red flags. "Emotional control, economic, financial control, sexual abuse," Kaplan says are some of the warning signs. "If the person has a weapon, if they have threatened them with weapons or extreme forms of violence, even if they haven't actually done it."

She says despite an alarming number of reported crimes, many more go unreported and they can turn deadly. In the last year, the University's Sexual and Domestic Violence Services helped 22 people. Kaplan reminds anyone thinking about seeking counseling for domestic violence, the University's services are all confidential.

To find out more information on advocacy visit the following Web sites:

http://womenscenter.virginia.edu/sdvs/
http://www.shelterforhelpinemergency.org/


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