This article from the Los Angeles Times provides a graphic reminder that domestic violence is a nice way of describing brutality against helpless victims.
Domestic is no less an act of violence than a stranger attacking another.
This article does a good job of describing the fear and emotions involved in witnessing such an assault. Imagine the fear and dread of living that life.
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