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"In the family, there are difficulties but those difficulties are overcome with love," Pope Francis said.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are used by one person in a relationship to control the other. It can happen all the time or once in awhile.

Fifteen lives have been lost in York County this year due to domestic violence.

What is York County doing about domestic violence?

1. For 28 years, the Domestic Violence Task Force has responded to and supported victims and their families.

2. An 11-question lethality assessment aimed at identifying victims at the highest risk of being killed or injured; getting them assistance immediately. This week, 10 county police departments will have received this life-saving tool.

What can you do about domestic violence?

1. If you suspect someone is being abused encourage them to get help. Baby-sit for them so they can meet with a professional. Call ACCESS-York, 1-800-262-8444.

2. Call the police when you hear or see emotional or physical abuse. Your call could save a life.

3. Carry the National Hot Line Number in your purse: 1-800-799-7233.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Together, we can actively follow Pope Francis' message: Put more love into our homes.

SUSAN P. BYRNES, R.N.

Candidate for York County Commissioner

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