Many of you may know that my family was exposed to domestic violence in a pretty public way a few years ago. Domestic violence prevention has a pretty special place in my heart. It is personal, for me, and for other members of my family.
The statistics about domestic violence in this country are staggering.
1 in 4 people (not just women) will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. 1 in 4. ONE in FOUR. Think of that the next time you are in a room full of people. Next time you are sitting in the waiting room somewhere, or go to a class, or even are sitting in your office at work.
One in four people, men and women, will be a victim of domestic violence.
Another staggering statistic about domestic violence is that there are no parameters for who will be a victim. Domestic violence occurs at all economic levels, in all races, in all religions, in all genders, all sexual identity groups, and at all education levels. Domestic violence is not confined to low income, low education, socio-economic factors.
Another problem with domestic violence is that it often doesn't stay in the home. Friends, family and co-workers of domestic violence victims are often injured or killed by the abuser when they attempt to help the victim leave the relationship.
Signs of domestic violence include:
|SIGNS THAT YOU’RE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP|
|Your Inner Thoughts and Feelings||Your Partner’s Belittling Behavior|
||Does your partner:|
|Your Partner’s Violent Behavior or Threats||Your Partner’s Controlling Behavior|
|Does your partner:
||Does your partner:|
There are several ways that you can help the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence raise awareness about DV and help victims of DV. Visit their website for statistics, information and ways to help and volunteer.
NCADV accepts used cell phones, cars, cash donations and has a store where you can purchase t-shirts, jewelry, key chains, buttons, bumper stickers, posters, bracelets and more. Of course, if you want to be more personally involved, they and other organizations in your own community, are always looking for volunteers.
Please consider making a donation, or at the very least, educating yourself about domestic violence, signs to look for and ways you can help if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence.
I wish you all safety and peace in the new year.