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Group counsels domestic violence victims of all genders

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Harmony is one of many groups established to help victims of domestic violence. Harmony is one of many groups established to help victims of domestic violence.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Women are not always the victims in domestic violence cases; sometimes they are the aggressors. Lauderdale County has established a counseling group to help break the circle of domestic violence.

Counselors said domestic violence is often a learned behavior, either from witnessing it in the home or being a victim. They said often times women, more so than men, will use violence because they don't know any other way.

That's where Harmony comes into play. The group is designed for victims of domestic violence who have experienced a pattern of physical, emotional or sexual abuse who have then resorted to using violence themselves.

Harmony is an open group, but their clients are typically ordered by the court to attend. Their mission is to break the cycle of violence and to an open group, but their clients are typically ordered by the court to attend. Their mission is to break the cycle of violence and to show victims they don't have to become the very thing they are fighting.

"I think we've saved more men's lives than women's lives because before, women didn't feel like they had an option and would continue to try to exist in these relationships that were draining them. They would get to this point where they didn't feel like they had any option but to be violent back. We exist for that reason as well, to show they do have an option; they do have a choice," said coordinator Taneshia Hannon.

Harmony is one of the many programs offered by Safe Place to help victims of domestic violence. To learn more about Safe Place, visit their website.

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