Domestic violence has often been called an invisible crime, but all that changed when a professional football star was photographed beating his fiancée and his modest punishment by the National Football League sparked widespread outrage.

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Innocence Lost

Domestic violence is not just a family matter; it is closely tied to community factors, especially economic conditions. When unemployment goes up, so does domestic violence. The rate of violence in couples experiencing financial strain is over three times higher than the rate among other couples. More family violence, in turn, means more costs to the criminal justice and health care systems. In short, domestic violence is a public health problem of epidemic proportions.

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When your toddler gets aggressive, it’s easy to worry. But even very challenging kids can learn to simmer down – if we teach them constructive ways to cope, and steer them away from situations that overtax their self-control.

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Memphis is no stranger to public debate about youth violence. Yet the number of juveniles being tried as adults for major crimes continues to grow, gang membership continues to climb, and the juvenile justice system is handling record numbers of cases.

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