The Pain of Domestic Violence
is Felt by Many
Have you personally been a victim of domestic violence? Do you know someone that has been physically or emotionally abused by a partner or loved one?
If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you know just far-reaching the pain and damages of domestic abuse can go.
Domestic abuse is not only physical violence. It also includes intimidation, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological and verbal abuse. Domestic violence crosses every racial, economic and social line. Domestic violence is about power and control.
According to statistics, 1 in every 4 women will experience some type of domestic violence during their lifetime. That means that if you were to gather 1,000 women in a room an average of 250 has been abused at some point in their lifetime.
Domestic violence is a terrifying experience that has widespread repercussions. This does not only affect the primary victim. Witnesses, family members, co-workers, friends, and the community at large are also troubled by these damaging behaviors. Children who witness domestic violence are victims themselves. Their exposure to domestic violence during their formative years puts them at risk for social and physical problems. Ongoing exposure to violence in the home and abusive role models teaches these children that violence is a normal way of life. This puts them at risk of becoming society's next generation of victims and abusers.
In many cases, victims of domestic abuse go out of their way to minimize the seriousness of these incidents to cope. More concerning is the fact that they may not seek medical attention or assistance when needed.
This could be for any reason, but could be based on the fact that they fear the perpetrator, they're ashamed of their situation, or they think the problem isn't anything they can't handle themselves. To avoid judgment from others, victims may be reluctant to talk about the abuse with family, friends, work, the authorities. As a result of their decision to keep it quiet, they may suffer in silence and isolation.
If you or your family is living in fear caused by domestic violence, there are people and Organizations that specialize in offering confidential, non-judgmental assistance to help you deal with - and hopefully leave - the damaging situation you are in. They can help connect you with local agencies and other support systems to help get you liberated from an abusive situation.