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Domestic violence is a pertinent problem in Sioux County, Iowa, yet community members tend to be unaware of its existence and relevance. That is because it operates in a sly cycle, largely undetected by those outside the family. There is a general lack of public discussion and understanding about domestic violence, which tends to be viewed as a private, family matter. Despite this, the impacts of domestic violence extend beyond the family, and there are systemic factors that serve as barriers and risk factors for domestic violence survivors. This paper highlights the conditions of domestic violence in general as well as the characteristics of Sioux County that impact survivors’ experiences. The involved researchers drew from the needs highlighted in conversations with key local domestic violence organizations to organize an event to help develop understanding, generate empathy, and motivate action in Sioux County community members.

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