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Domestic Abuse Survivor's Story

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:12:48 CDT
By: Judy Valente

Domestic Abuse Survivor's Story
More than half of the female victims of domestic violence live in households where children are present. While children may not be physically abused themselves, what they witness often perpetuates a cycle of abuse when they become adults. Renesia Martin is an executive at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington, who believes children are too often the forgotten victims of domestic violence. She travels the country trying to raise awareness of the issue. In a new book, "Don't Hit My Mama," she tells her own story of growing up in a violent household in the Minneapolis suburbs, and how she ultimately broke free of her past. As Domestic Violence Awareness Month draws to a close, Martin talks with WGLT's Judy Valente.


Renesia Martin suggests schools prominently display the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Hotline Number so children know where to call to report incidents of domestic violence and ask for help. An estimated 275 million children worldwide are affected by domestic violence, what UNICEF calls "one of the most damaging, unaddressed human rights violations in the world today."


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