Funds have opened shelters and launched public awareness campaigns, but research into the causes - especially involving juvenile offenders - has been thin, said Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson, co-director of the family violence department at the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges.
The concept of reaching out to help the batterer still makes some shudder, she
"It's really frustrating for us in the field.We have to remind we're still in the infancy stage of our understanding this as a society," she
But it's also the natural progression of a community coming to terms with a deepening, increasingly costly problem.
"It's akin to an ambulance picking someone up bleeding in the street," she