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The Body Politic

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Acclaimed American journalist, women and child's advocate, Suzanne Marcus Fletcher, interviews Alyce LaViolette, one of the nations' leading authorities on Domestic Violence. LaViolette M.S.  is a licensed MFT specializing in family violence and partner abuse. She is the best-selling co-author of It Could Happen To Anyone: Why Battered Women Stay. Alyce began in the trenches, having worked with battered women since 1978, first as an advocate at WomenShelter in Long Beach, CA, then in private practice.  In 1979, she funded Alternatives to Violence, one of the first programs in the country to educate spouse abusers.

Domestic violence and abuse can happen to any one at any time.  It affects people of all genders, social classes, demographics, cultures, levels of education, and spans all ages. Domestic Violence is an often overlooked, dismissed, or denied epidemic whose victims are not easily identified. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological,  not necessarily physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of their partner, spouse, parent, or caregiver. We will be discussing the red flags of violent relationships, and why many won't leave their abusers, no matter the cost. Join the conversation.