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Two Graduate Problem Solving Court For Domestic Violence
Updated January 16, 2018 8:53 PM
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(BEDFORD) - On Tuesday morning, Kelly Duncan and Jason Magnus graduated from the Lawrence County Superior Court I Problem Solving Court.

The mission of the first Problem Solving Court for domestic violence in the state is to focus on ending the cycle of domestic violence through timely, focused and collaborative response.

During the ceremony, advisors of the court and fellow participants celebrated the hard work and accomplishments of these two individuals.

Judge Michael Robbins, who oversees the program, says that research shows that individuals involved in domestic violence pass that violent behavior to their children who are victims and those who are victims teach their offspring to look for those traits when they chose a life partner.

The goal of the court is to open the door on domestic violence and put some light on the problem and end the cycle.

Robbins says domestic violence is not about anger, but about power and control.

"We are all working together to break that cycle and change lives, not only the lives of these individuals, but their families," Judge Robbins says.

Currently there are 13 participants in the program.

Tuesday morning's ceremony celebrated the hard work of Duncan and Magnus.

The two have established employment, assumed family responsibilities and actively participated in 12 to 24 months of recovery programs and completed a Safe Journal.

"These two participants have worked very hard, turning their lives around," Judge Robbins says. "They display attitudes that make them successful role models for other participants and members of the community."

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