"In the last couple of years, the number of people that our legal advocates have seen has grown by a 100 percent, so it [has] doubled in the number of people we have helped with protective orders," said Pearson.
It's a reason the state continues to push the Choose Respect campaign, not just in talking about the epidemic, but actually doing something to stop it from even happening.
The state says efforts are being made with more prevention and intervention, even through a new dashboard system that tracks domestic violence rates.
"In order for us to truly turn the curve and reduce those significant rates, we have to have everybody involved so that means community members, individuals," said Katie TePas, who is the special assistant to Governor Parnell.
Alaska State Trooper Colonel Keith Mallard, who grew up with an abusive father, says he made positive choices that changed the outcome of his life to become a good man, husband and father.
"If I can stand up and say that's not okay," said Mallard, who wants everyone to share in the responsibility to make sure no one has to live in fear or pain. "We realize that not everybody in our communities is going to be the person that jumps in the middle and breaks up a fight, but we all have a responsibility to act and stop turning a blind eye to this activity."
Pearson says the core of domestic violence is about choice: an abusive person chooses to use any tactic in order to control his or her partner.
Experts say with more community involvement, people will make the right choice and that message will make its way to next generation, who are the key to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.
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