Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? October 1st marks the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence remains a devastating public crisis so many women stay in abusive relationships until it’s too late or stay silent with their struggles for many reasons. Helping to break the silence surrounding domestic violence will prevent countless incidences of abuse and save untold numbers of lives.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks used by one partner against another to gain power and control in the relationship. Physical abuse is a very touchy subject often people are afraid to talk about it. Many women experience it, but none deserve it. It is a senseless and heartless act and is a sign of a true coward.
Women are already faced with the day-to-day challenges of being a woman and to have added pressure from a careless figure of a man is totally unnecessary. When a man hits a woman, it gives him a measurement of his control. He is not treating her with respect. Instead of her being his equal, she allows him to place himself above her while she becomes the peasant. The only reason why this happens is because those women allow it.
Many people don’t realize how abusive the relationship was until they get out of it.They are extremely unhappy and know they have to get out. Many times the partner is manipulative and really good at playing mind games. The victim starts to feel guilty like it was their fault, like they were doing something wrong. Abuse is never under any circumstances the victim’s fault.
If you think you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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