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Domestic Violence Services hosted a golf tournament to bring awareness to domestic violence. Domestic Violence Services hosted a golf tournament to bring awareness to domestic violence.
KENNEWICK, WA- Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties hosted their 9th Annual Charity of Domestic Violence Golf Tournament Friday to raise awareness of the severity of the issue.

With recent incidents, domestic violence has become a more talked about subject.  Many wonder if the issue is a cultural problem and why it keeps happening.

“Is it a social issue? Yes. Is it a moral issue? Yes.  Is it an individual issue for the perpetrator? Yes.  There's just so many things involved,” said Daniel Aspiri, Domestic Violence Services executive director.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline said one in four women will experience a form of domestic violence in their lifetime.  It also said there are 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.  The objective of Friday's golf tournament was to change those numbers.

“Abuse is not an isolated thing.  It affects everybody across the board and the more people come out and participate in this, the more educated they get,” said Lori Wenner, Golf Tournament Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services.

The Domestic Violence Services said most people question why the abused woman does not leave the relationship, but Aspiri wants to focus on what people can do to help stop the violence.

“What can we do as a community, as a society, do so that we no longer tolerate violence,” said Aspiri.

From 1994 to 2010, 4 out of 5 victims of intimate partner violence were women. Aspiri said the domestic violence conversation needs to keep going around the community.

He said it is important that people are aware that it can happen anywhere.

“It's important that we realize that it's here and we need to do something to change it,” said Aspiri.

Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties said they see nearly 1,000 victims every year and the proceeds from the tournament go towards raising awareness to the issue. 

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can call the 24-hour crisis line at 509-582-9841.

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