College professor shining a light on domestic violence brusing

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Every October, the nation shines a light on domestic violence awareness.

When it comes to physical abuse, skin color might make injuries harder to see.

Dr. Katherine Scafide, a George Mason University professor, is studying a way to detect bruising more easily on darker skin.

She says often times, injuries like bruises were harder to see to with the naked eye – especially when those victims were people of color.

She started researching alternative light sources with specific wavelengths.

The study, led by Scafide, found alternate light was five times better at detecting bruises on diverse skin tones compared to white light.

The technology is already being put to use in Baltimore, with specific wavelengths.

The hope is to expand it to other areas.

Learn more about how it works by watching the video.