When an incident of domestic violence that took place in Indianapolis on February 17 involved a shooting, RTV6 turned to Coburn Place for expert insight. Executive Director, Julia Kathary, offered a message of caution and hope. She explained that tragic incidents like the shooting of Tamara Pratt by her boyfriend are preceded by a series of events that build up over time. She shared some ways abusers control their victims including: isolating them from friends and family, manipulating their behavior, controlling their time and exhibiting jealousy and possessiveness. She also acknowledged that the abuse is often kept secret from friends and family but encouraged those suffering to get help. Help is just a phone call away by dialing 211 in central Indiana or 1-800-332-7385, the statewide domestic violence hotline.
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