Domestic violence an issue during the holidays

by Stan Morris e-mail | Twitter

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Paragould Police Captain, Phillip Faulkner, does not know the reason two people are dead following a weekend domestic dispute.

He only knows what can lead to domestic disputes. He says those with abusive personalities are often triggered by some kind of stress.

"The holiday season alone is a big stressor," said Captain Faulkner.

So, Captain Faulkner wants to do everything he can to prevent future deadly events, and he's not alone. Dr. Barbara Turnage is passionately trying to alert potential or actual victims of the risks of domestic violence.

But, it isn't an easy fight. In Paragould, there is no women's shelter. Same story for many other Region 8 communities. Instead, victims must travel to the Women's Crisis Center of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro.

"Not having a shelter does pose a problem at times," says Captain Faulkner.

With limited bed space and funds, that means some women get placed on hold when they need a place to go. But, even with the housing problems, options are available. offers many options and even has a quick "escape" button if you need to hide it.

Regardless of how you do it, both Captain Faulkner and Dr. Turnage say getting help is necessary.

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