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A Former Abuser Teaches A Class On Domestic Violence Prevention

Floyd Henley leads a group for incarcerated people who have harmed their partners. "It goes right back to that AA thing, that an addict can best understand another addict," Henley says.

Content warning: this story contains descriptions of violence and abuse.

From the project Uncuffed:

In my time in prison I have noticed that a lot of the men around me are incarcerated for some form of domestic violence. Floyd Henley is one of those men. Throughout his stay, he has not only attempted to change himself, but has changed the lives of many of the people around him.

Violence was something I learned as a young child, being exposed to it. Domestic violence is something that is learned.

Domestic violence is something we rarely used to talk about. What happened behind closed doors, stayed behind closed doors. In Floyd’s class, men talk about the roots of their violent behavior.

Hear more stories like this by subscribing to Uncuffed in podcast players: www.WeAreUncuffed.org

KALW’s radio training program in California prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.

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Write to the Uncuffed producers at Solano State Prison:

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Vacaville, CA

Crosscurrents From The Producers Of Uncuffed
Joe Kirk paroled in 2020, after serving 5 years. The one thing that kept Joe going in prison was the memory of his grandparents' farm on the outskirts of Peoria, Illinois.