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Domestic violence ‘code of silence’ contributes to prevalence across races, classes

By Jayne O’Donnell, Sierra Lewter and Karla Lozano, USA TODAY

L.Y. Marlow remembers the night two years ago like it was last night.

Her daughter called screaming that her boyfriend was “busting her head against the bathtub,” said Marlow. “‘Mom, he’s going to kill me!'” And then, the phone went dead.”

Her daughter lived, but it was only the latest violent assault the five generations of women in Marlow’s family had endured.


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