Idaho Press-Tribune Special Report

In this series we will be exploring the topic of domestic violence, which affects one in four women in the Treasure Valley.

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Fleeing a violent relationship is easier said than done. The victims often abandoning their primary source of food, shelter and financial security. On top of those challenges, they’re likely coping with mental health, medical, legal and life skills problems. Some may even be struggling with …

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In movies and TV shows, when a victim decides not to press charges or testify against their attacker, the charges are almost always dropped. At the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, however, that’s not always the case.

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It’s the most common call received by our local police departments. A family member, a close friend or a neighbor calls dispatch to report suspected domestic violence.

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Two staff workers at the Valley Crisis Center have planned a two-day hunger strike this weekend to raise money and awareness for their organization.

IPT reporter John Funk sits down to discuss the topic of domestic violence with Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor. www.idahopress.com/domestic_violence/

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While many of us wonder what would drive someone to turn violent against a loved one, experts agree on at least one thing: Domestic batterers aren’t born, they’re made.

As awareness increases throughout the community, so do opportunities to stop instances of domestic violence — or prevent them from happening altogether. And that’s everyone’s responsibility, because we all know someone who’s involved in an abusive relationship — even if we don’t know it.

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In 2011, police agencies across Idaho responded to 5,715 reports of domestic violence. That’s about 16 incidents a day. But the more alarming number is 73 — the percentage of domestic attacks on women that go unreported to police, according to the National Violence Against Women Survey. It’s…

For the next five days, we will be publishing a special series of articles on domestic violence. It’s always a tough subject to deal with, but given its wide scope and frequency, it’s an important one.

There’s an old folk tale that people who deal with domestic violence tell to make a point. It goes like this: If you put a frog in a pot of boiling hot water, it will jump out. But if you put a frog — a cold-blooded creature — in a pot of cold water and gradually turn up the heat, it will be…

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in "crazy love" -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help…

Kelley Cotner, a nursing student at Northwest Nazarene University and organizer of Nampa's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, talks about the importance of educating the community about domestic violence.

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