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In recent news there have been a number of domestic violence stories, everything from sports stars to city councilmen. One thing that seems to be a constant in many of these stories in the presence of alcohol, usually in regards to the one committing the crime. This raises the question, “do only drunk people commit acts of domestic violence? The answer to this question is no, but it does increase the chances. Alcohol affects judgment, and can lead to poor decision-making and impulsive behavior. When you add into the mix a stressful situation, someone is more likely to make a rash decision, such as hitting someone they feel is “bothering them.” When this happens in a bar, it is a bar fight, but unfortunately this happens in homes as well. A man or woman might come home drunk, and a fight can lead to a poor decision resulting in that man or woman striking their partner. This is simply one example however, of the causes of domestic violence, and it is not an excuse for this crime. Domestic violence happens for many reasons, and while alcohol can increase the chances of this crime occurring, it is never the sole cause. If you have are victim of Domestic Violence there is help for you. There is a national hotline and in Monmouth County 180 Turning Lives Around is ready to help. Select the link for their contact informatoin. If you think a loved one has been a victim of Domestic Violence, see this article for signs.

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