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Off the beating path

Ordered to ADVANCE, one man celebrated Christmas peacefully

The Christmas tree stood upright in the Palmers' living room, its twinkling lights reflecting off metallic ornaments, casting a warm glow throughout the room.

"We had a houseful of kids running around at the holidays," recalled Diane Palmer. "There were no fights. It was strange. It was good. This was the first year I can remember that he didn't throw the tree down the stairs."

"He" is Diane's husband, Aaron, a convicted batterer and a graduate of ADVANCE, a batterer's intervention program sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, York.


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