Under the Microscope

December 3, 2009


Welcome to Under the Microscope, KBIA’s weekly look at science, health and technology. Thanks for listening, I’m Elle Moxley.

This week, we focus on local efforts to prevent domestic violence in mid-Missouri. We’ll hear from Barbara Hodges, an expert at spotting abusive situations.

But first, a University of Missouri professor has received the Angels in Adoption award for her work towards changing national adoption laws.

And Mary Beck’s good work doesn’t end there. KBIA’s Lauren Formica reports on Beck’s efforts to inspire law students to fight for battered women.

By now you’ve probably heard about the weekend shooting that left a Columbia woman and her two daughters dead.

Former city official Kraig Kahler has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Karen, and their two daughters, Lauren and Emily. Charges are pending against Kraig Kahler in the death of Karen Kahler’s grandmother, Dorothy Wright, who died Tuesday from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Now, a grieving community is looking for answers — could this tragedy have been prevented?

When people talk about abuse, they tend to talk about the resources available to survivors — individuals escaping these situations. They don’t talk as much about what you can do if you suspect someone is the victim of domestic abuse.

Barbara Hodges is the executive director of Comprehensive Human Services, the organization that runs The Shelter in Columbia. Although Hodges couldn’t comment specifically on the Kahler case, she sat down with me to discuss the warning signs of domestic violence.

That was Barbara Hodges, who runs The Shelter in Columbia.

Hodges’ latest project is a prevention program called “Men as Allies.” She’s working with the university and the athletic department to develop a curriculum to teach young men about abusive behaviors.

You can find the full audio of my interview with Barbara Hodges on our website at

There’s a candlelight vigil getting under way now at the ARC to remember Karen Kahler and her family.

Thanks for listening, I’m Elle Moxley.

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