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Lending an ear to help a friend

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Domestic violence does not only affect those who are being abused. Each day their friends, family and co-workers find themselves having to bite their tongues as they see obvious signs of abuse. These people are known by domestic abuse advocates as secondary victims, those who have to spend each day knowing that their loved ones are suffering.

Domestic Abuse Resistance Team advocate Debra Faircloth said for those of us living in Louisiana, it is a statistical impossibility that we don’t know at least one person who is being abused.

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month and a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of those lost to domestic violence will begin at 6 p.m. tonight in the Ruston Civic Center. We’ve all heard quite a bit about how to recognize the signs of abuse, but I realized I didn’t know what to do with that information.

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