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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I am very concerned about the possible elimination of funding for Sabrina’s Place (“Sabrina’s Place future unclear if funding ends,” Sept. 4 news story), which provides supervised visitation for estranged families with children.
The vast majority of batterers lack the emotional tools required to take mediation (which is the proposed alternative) seriously, thereby rendering mediation entirely ineffective. Relatively simple research conducted by the state would clarify the cycle of domestic violence as well as explain the psychological conditions (typically prolonged early childhood abuse) that precipitate brutality in later life.
As mentioned in the article, Sabrina’s Place serves about 20 to 30 families a year.
I believe that this essential service for victims of domestic violence actually saves 20 to 30 lives a year.
Member, Advisory Commission
TAP Domestic Violence Services
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