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068 "I MATTER": Inside Domestic Violence

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New research suggests domestic violence is more pervasive than people admit–and it goes far beyond the "traditional" view of spousal abuse. Legally, domestic violence includes a broad spectrum of relationships including violence between siblings, children and parents, roommates, caretakers, etc.

 

Today on BOLD, we speak to a survivor of sibling violence. Sonia has testified before the New York State Assembly about her experience and sheds light on this hidden issue. Sonia seeks to encourage listeners to expand their perspective and encourage healing for all. (At the time of this interview, she was living in a shelter. She has since found a new home for her family).

 

"I finally realized, 'I matter.' That's the boldest step I could take."

 

Sonia reminds us that domestic violence is not a momentary loss of temper, but an ongoing technique used by the batterer to enforce control through the use of fear. It is characterized by the misuse of power and control and includes physical, emotional, psychological, verbal, sexual, and economic abuse. Join the conversation at w

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