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Watch out for warning signs of domestic violence

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Experts say it's embarrassing to tell your friends you're being hit or someone is saying vicious things to you.  They say it's important to know warning signs and when to get help.

While domestic violence can be found in any neighborhood, experts say the warning signs can vary.

"Keep your eyes open to the signs we're talking about someone who seems depressed or moody. A girlfriend who's checking her phone a lot or getting a lot of phone calls from her husband or boyfriend.  Who's afraid to go out with her girlfriends because of the repercussions of what will happened if she does something he doesn't like," said Therapist Erin Wiley.  

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"Usually when someone is an abuser they tend to have an angry streak and they are usually very insure so that insecurity will manifest in controlling their victim they will go through their phone following them might put a GPS on their car and track them," said Wiley.  

According to Bureau of Justice statistics, an average of three women are murdered by their lover every day in the united states, meaning another nine women are potentially dead  since the football player killed his girlfriend. Wiley says we've seen the headlines right here in our area. She's seen an increase in depression, often from a disorder called "SAD."

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