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Super Bowl Sunday and Domestic Violence

January 28, 1999

Super Bowl Sunday always prompts an increase in domestic violence. Or so the story goes.

In Hagerstown, the domestic violence agency CASA has seen increases of 15 to 25 percent in domestic violence calls on game day in the past, according to Vicki Sadehvandi, executive director.

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But Ann Smith, executive director of Shenandoah Women's Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., says she has not seen an increase in her eight years with the organization.

And Alecha Sanbower, education coordinator for Women In Need Victim Services in Chambersburg, Pa., says the Super Bowl link to increased domestic violence appears to be a myth.

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Domestic violence doesn't discriminate, Sanbower says. "It knows no boundaries," Sadehvandi says.

CASA, WIN and the Shenandoah Women's Center in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle provide services to help women cope with domestic violence.

They include counseling, 24-hour hotlines and emergency shelters.

Local organizations also are providing help at the source of the problem - program's designed to help abusers understand the cycle of domestic violence and to learn alternative behaviors.

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