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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2006
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Domestic violence cycle is preventable

Domestic violence doesn't always end in homicide, but estimates are that a full 10 percent of the nation feels the effects of this epidemic that feeds on itself.

The Friday death of 49-year-old Christopher Abbott from a stabbing wound at the Falkville residence where police said he lived with his wife, Jennifer; Donna Kay Woodlee, 36, and her two children; and two other men, one of whom owns the home, now adds seven more people to that statistic. Police said they had been called to the residence several times to quell disputes.

Authorities eventually charged Ms. Woodlee after first thinking her 12-year-old son used the knife he was holding when police arrived to defend his mom.

The tragedy extends further than Mr. Abbott's untimely death. It will scar the children for life. The tragedy also is that experts say domestic violence is preventable.

Several agencies in this area have staff members who are experts at intervention. To find one, call your local United Way.

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