Victims of abuse suffer a crippling double dose of trauma, often feeling humiliation and shame after undergoing violent treatment at the hands of a family member or stranger.
But for those subjected to abuse, there can be found some measure of comfort in the knowledge compassionate help is only a phone call away.
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Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.