Actress Discusses Domestic Violence In Texarkana

An award-winning Hollywood actress stopped by Texarkana on Thursday to talk about domestic violence.

Lydia Cornell, best known for her starring role on the series "Too Close For Comfort," visited Texas A&M University-Texarkana to raiseawareness about the issue.

Cornell knows what the pain of domestic violence is like.

"I've lost all sorts of friends to trauma and tragedy," Cornell said.

And today the actress took the time to raise awareness of nationwide issues to a packed house at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

"A lot of people are suffering right now from mental issues, and there's a lot of domestic abuse because of alcoholism and addiction," Cornell said.

Cornell took a woman into her home who had been physically abused. She says many cases of abuse go unreported.

Cornell says for domestic abuse victims, the key to overcoming their situation is confidence and to not be embarassed to seek help from those who can help.

"Go where the love is, and love one another. Just do what's in your heart, it's really important," Cornell said.

It's a message that's reverberating throughout campus.

"The most important thing today is that we had an opportunity to see and experience first hand what this is all about," Cornell said.

Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc. in Texarkana has a 24-hour crisis line: 903-793- 4357.

 


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