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Battered Women

Andrea Dworkin’s column (“Living in Terror, Pain: Being a Battered Wife,” Opinion, March 12) about the realities of living in a battering situation was excellent.

I am a family therapist at Cedar House, a child abuse treatment program. Many abused children grow up in homes where battering is a way of life.

Unfortunately, Dworkin is correct--unless the cycle is broken, children grow up and become adult victims or batterers.

Programs like Cedar House treat the children now in an attempt to stop the cycle. These programs are valuable assets to the community. The programs we have need to be expanded, and there is a need for many additional ones.

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MARY JO HAZARD

Long Beach


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