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Family Court graduation aims to break the cycle of abuse

Ismael Gonzalez and Judge Bob Inselmann at Family Court graduation.  Gonzalez says the program changed his life. Ismael Gonzalez and Judge Bob Inselmann at Family Court graduation. Gonzalez says the program changed his life.
Gabriel and Megan Reed celebrate successful completion of Family Court.  The Reeds say it saved their family and marriage. Gabriel and Megan Reed celebrate successful completion of Family Court. The Reeds say it saved their family and marriage.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's a vicious cycle that crosses over every part of our society. Domestic violence can rip apart families, marriages and lives. Some believe it doesn't have to be that way.

In an effort to combat the cycle of domestic abuse, victims and perpetrators can enroll in an extensive one-year counseling program through Angelina County's Family Court. Since the program started a year-and-a-half ago, countless people have walked in with a family assault charge and walked out a changed person.

"If you can get that couple to understand that there's ways to communicate without fists then those people will show their children how to live in a successful marriage," Judge Robert Inselmann, County Court at Law at No. One.

Wednesday's Family Court graduation included 23 participants and two graduates. The program is a partnership between the Angelina County Probation Department and the Family Crisis Center in Lufkin.

Saturday on the East Texas News and KTRE.com, Christel Phillips profiles the Reed family.  A husband and wife who successfully completed Family Court, saving their family and marriage in the process.  

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