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Separating domestic abuse from domestic violence

Those who deal with day-to-day instances of domestic abuse and violence thinks it’s important to distinguish between the two.

Employee Assistance Programme’s (E.A.P) Cindy Blekaitis said using the word “abuse” better reflects cases of ongoing attacks which may be financial, emotional and spiritual in nature.

Ms. Blekaitis said making the distinction between the two is putting to rest the misinterpretation and misuse of the word violence.

“Abuse gives a more accurate picture about this issue because it kind of describes how this is a process it’s something that takes time to build and where as if you say violence people can dismiss it as something physical and not really understand all the underlying issues to what actually made this incident happen,”

Ms. Blekaitis made the comments at the third and final Domestic Abuse Intervention Programme of the year.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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