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Impact of Exposure to Interparental Abuse

Diane was married to Darryl for 12 years, and they had two children, Sheila and Warren, ages 11 and 6. Throughout the course of the marriage, Darryl had physically assaulted Diane approximately once a month, usually without warning. Sheila and Warren sometimes were present during the violent conflict and sometimes were in bed if the fight were at night. They always knew when their mother had been beaten because she had bruises on her face and body. Diane hardly ever went to the emergency room, except for the last time, due to the intensity of the beating and the severity of the injuries. Later that same day, after Diane was released from the emergency room, Diane filed for a temporary restraining ...

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