MOUNT VERNON — A total of one domestic violence case is one too many. Out of the 188 cases reported for Knox County in 2012, 61 cases were from Mount Vernon. That is just those that were reported.

Domestic violence is not just a one-time incident, but a pattern of behaviors over time. Most abusive relationships follow a cycle of violence, which has three stages: tension building, explosive incident and honeymoon stage. The lengths of each stage can vary from seconds to years.

Heart to Heart is a faith-based supportive group for domestic violence, abuse and addictions. Pastor Diane Troup will be facilitating these meetings starting in this month with two meetings in Centerburg, and two meetings in Mount Vernon. These meetings will be held every other week and private counseling can be arranged.

Meetings scheduled include: July 17 and 31 at 6 p.m. at Centerburg Public Library, 49 E. Main St.; and July 11 and 25 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of The Alcove, 116 S. Main St.

Interested individuals are invited to join as the group begins to set hearts free to live without fear and abuse. For more information, or “if you would like a support group in your town,” call 740-404-9206.



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