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The ways to hurt are infinite.
When you live with an abuser, everything is a weapon. In their hands, innocent objects like ice-cube trays and checkerboards and apples and pillows become ways to inflict suffering, to demand submission.
It is all there in the police reports, set out in relentless, mundane detail. Globe data graphics reporter Gabriel Florit collected three years of reports on domestic violence incidents in Boston, from April 2011 to April 2014. Laid end to end, the police accounts reveal the massive scale of the problem. And not just its vastness, but its pervasiveness. The potential for violence saturates every minute of a victim’s day.