It is never OK to hit a woman. Except…

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Imagine walking down the street with your partner, when all of a sudden, that person starts hitting you. Screaming and impaling you, all the while you were just minding your business. Now tell me, how often does it happen like that? People who are prone to random, sudden outbursts of anger are committed to insane asylum. Or on meds if nothing else.
Usually when someone “pops off”, it is because someone says or does something to upset them. So when you hear of someone being beaten by a domestic partner, often someone will comment, “Well what did she (or he) say to provoke it?”
This question implies that there are some instances where a partner deserves to be hit. Where is that line? How do we know where to find it so we don’t cross it? On this week’s Know Yourself Discussion, we will talk to women who have survived domestic violence. They will share their stories of how they picked up the pieces. Instead of asking what did that person do to get hit, we will look for ways for partners to communicate before it escalates to violence, how to take control of the situation before it escalates to violence, and the resources available to get out of a violent situation.
You can chime in the discussion this Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M.

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