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Counselors Try to Stop the Cycle of Domestic Violence

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Domestic violence counselors say that Vicente Diaz's actions were a sad example of domestic violence as he tried to get back at his wife emotionally by killing her mother.

A neighbor that saw the shooting said Diaz shot his mother-in-law several times from only a couple of feet away. Then after she fell he unloaded up to nine more rounds. Now red spray paint marks the grass where the many bullets landed.

Places like Apple Valley Counseling are working with domestic violence offenders to help stop the cycle of abuse. Many clients are through the legal system, but some come in on their own.

"There's a lot of domestic violence out there. And there's a lot of domestic violence that's not reported. Umm just the simple fact that certain cultures you just don't call the police," said Shanna Arias, a domestic violence counselor at Apple Valley.

Juan Carlos Marquec witnessed domestic violence as a child. Now he works as a drug and alcohol counselor at Apple Valley. "And the Hispanic culture it still there, the domestic violence. But nobody wants to say anything about that problem," he said. Marquec is also involved in creating a domestic violence program catered to the Hispanic community.

Both counselors said that many factors play a role in domestic violence from cultural norms, to childhood experiences to drug and alcohol dependency. But the bottom line is that an alarming amount of people are victims of domestic violence, men and women. Counselors at Apple Valley expressed the need for education to combat this problem.

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