October has been declared Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Regardless of economic or community status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, or any other method of classification, domestic violence is an epidemic that affects people all over the world. The emotional and physical trauma associated with domestic violence is powerful enough to scar a person, and a family for the duration of a lifetime.
Domestic abuse can rear its ugly head in a number of ways, and contrary to popular belief, it is not confined to just physically abusive behavior. Some of the abusive tendencies that have the potential to lead to domestic violence include:
- Putting down your partner via methods of embarrassment, inferiority, etc.
- Creating a controlling environment within the household
- Being overly possessive of the victim’s dressing habits, spending habits, eating habits, etc.
It is important to understand the impact that domestic violence has on everyone involved in the situation. Below, are some astonishing statistics about domestic violence:
- 1 in 3 women, and 1 in 4 men, have been victims of some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- On average, over 10 million men and women per year in the United States, are physically abused by an intimate partner.
- On average, over 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
The above statistics shed light on what is a worldwide epidemic that affects so many of our friends, families, colleagues, and strangers. It is time to Take A Stand against the injustice, mistreatment, and pain associated with this awful epidemic of domestic violence. If you are in danger and would like to get help, please do not hesitate to call 911. Also, for anonymous and confidential help 24/7, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY).
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