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Local shelter wants to bring awareness to domestic violence

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HAZARD, Ky (WYMT) - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Officials at the LKLP Safe House in Hazard say the issue needs more attention.

"When one person is in control and is using it in a harmful way, that is domestic violence," said program director Lois Valentine.

And, it's not just physical or sexual abuse that brings women to the shelter for counseling and a place to stay. Valentine says emotional abuse can be just as damaging.

"All the way to the point of literally calling you no good, worthless, stupid," said Valentine.

She says many people believe domestic violence is just a problem that families need to deal with, and that outside help is not needed.

"Most people still even with all the education think of domestic violence as something that needs to stay within in the family and doesn't need to be talked about," said Valentine.

Darlene Phelps, a resident at the shelter, says all women facing domestic violence need to know that there is hope and a future.

"He can manipulate you into thinking you aren't good enough, but you have to show them that you are," said Phelps.

If you would like more information about the LKLP Safe House, you can call 1-800-928-3131.

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