The best way to deal with abuse is to prevent it from occurring at all. Victims need to know their rights and how to protect themselves. Perpetrators need to learn how to deal with their power and control problems in relationships without resorting to violence.
- Public Awareness can help prevent domestic violence. The more people in a community are aware of the problem of domestic violence, the more likely it is victims and perpetrators will be told domestic violence is crime.
- Schools have an important role in prevention education. Children can be taught to control violent behavior through techniques such as time-outs or by communication skills.
- The media has a powerful influence. News stories, public interest announcements, documentaries and television movies make the public aware of domestic violence and that help is available. However, the media industry must also strive to avoid shows that may lead to further violence.
- Arrest of the abuser is one of the best deterrents. It gets their attention and gives the clear message that domestic violence is not accepted by society.
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