For information about the agency’s Teen Club, which meets Mondays at the Martin Luther King Jr.Recreation Center, 1107 Adrian St., or its Kids Club, aimed at children ages 6 to 12 who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence, contact Angela Mc Creary at 517-783-1638, ext. Have a question or wish someone would talk to a teen or group?Sexual assault victims experience more anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide than non-victims.
At the close of 2013, 755 people had graduated, which means they successfully finished a 26- to 52-week batterers intervention program and met all the terms of their probation without serious violations.
About 8 percent of those graduates have been charged or convicted of another assaultive crime, Mazur said.
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“One of those kids will be or has been a victim of domestic violence.”Williams and Mayer and other experts would like to see more education in schools that define healthy and unhealthy relationships and teach young people the signs of abuse.“You are not taught in junior high. Darryl Mazur, who heads the county Aggression Court, a program that aims to help reform domestic violence offenders. It doesn’t mean he loves you; it means he wants to possess you.”The more information that can be distributed, the better, because the repercussions of trauma are so far-reaching, Mayer said. Jackson’s family is devastated.“It just affects the whole community,” Mayer said.“The mutual friends,” added Williams.