Domestic violence expert says Super Bowl violence surge is a myth

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Kim Wells, Executive Director of Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence said domestic violence is a problem not only during the Super Bowl, but year round. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

By Crystal Donaldson

BLOOMINGTON – The myth claiming an increase of domestic violence during the Super Bowl is exactly that – a myth.

Domestic violence is a problem year round according to Kim Wells, Executive Director of Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence.

She said victims might not want to leave a violent relationship immediately because 75 percent of domestic violence killings occur when the victim is leaving or has left the relationship.

Wells said victims should call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Those who encounter domestic violence victims should ask questions.

“If you are concerned about somebody it’s better to be wrong, or be embarrassed, or have them be mad at you than not to ask them, ‘Are you safe in your relationship?’,” added Wells.

Victims can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233. Wells also said holidays and large gatherings are the perfect time to check in on loved ones.

Crystal Donaldson can be reached at crystal.donaldson@cumulus.com.

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