Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One in four women across the U.S. will be a victim of domestic violence at least once in their lifetime, according to Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council.
Janet Cyganovich, the coordinator of the Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council, said in the past five years, domestic dispute reports in Broome County have increased.
Cyganovich defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behaviors of one person over another with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control.
Cyganovich said the most terrifying and dangerous time of domestic violence is when the victim is leaving.
The S.O.S. Shelter offers advocate services to abused people in the Southern Tier, a 24-hour crisis/support line and a shelter for abused women and children.
Rebecca Allerton, the executive director of the S.O.S. Shelter, said they work extremely hard to keep the location of the shelter a secret.
Cyganovich said needing to have control in the relationship is a red flag for possible abuse.
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