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October 22, 2013

Domestic violence rising problem in Oklahoma

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Heritage of violence

Gender roles in the South and Bible Belt may play a large role in domestic violence incidents.

“The gender roles in our country — especially given that Oklahoma is a conservative, Bible Belt state — are pervasive,” she said. “Even though I personally like living here, it tends to perpetuate those harsh gender roles at times.”

South Carolina had the most domestic violence incidents. Alaska was second.

“Also having a lot of rural areas with limited resources, considering Alaska, has an impact,” Oliver said.

“When you have an abuser who controls the money, (the victim) has to ask to do anything, and he might take the license plate off her car so she can’t go anywhere and read her every text message. That for us counts as domestic violence because there is control and manipulation.

“In a scenario like that, domestic violence is more common than we think. It’s not just the black eye that counts. It’s unnerving to think about.”

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