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Band-Aids Won’t Bind The Wounds Of Domestic Violence

Left to right, victims Emily Pimienta, 9, Priscilla Pimienta, 17, Georgina Pi...

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Above: Left to right, victims Emily Pimienta, 9, Priscilla Pimienta, 17, Georgina Pimienta , 38, and perpetrator Alfredo Pimienta, 44, were found dead in their Skyline home on May 24, 2011. Police suspect a possible suicide pact, notes written by each parent are under investigation.


Dr. Dawn Griffin is a forensic psychologist and President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council

Caity Meader is the manager of the YWCA Becky's House Programs, which include domestic violence emergency and transitional shelter programs.

To connect with a domestic violence shelter you can call 888-DV-LINKS (888-385-4657) which is the San Diego Domestic Violence Hotline.


Domestic violence awareness month is more relevant than ever this year in San Diego. Two new county programs aim to stop "putting bandaids on people who are submerged in water."

San Diego has seen an unusual number of family-member murders this year. Sons accused of killing mothers, Mothers and fathers killing their children, and then themselves. People who work to prevent domestic violence are urging increased awareness of warning signs that may indicate when people are on the brink and they are encouraging people who feel they are at risk, to seek help and safety.

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