Domestic Abuse and Violence
Domestic abuse and violence has been on the rise since the beginning of time. Increasingly, in the 20th and 21st centuries advocates have spoken out on behalf of domestic abuse victims. Laws have also been enacted to protect victims, but domestic abuse and violence are still under-represented in legislation and enforcement of the domestic abuse laws. To continue to move forward in a successful fight against domestic abuse and violence, we must, absolutely, constantly educate the public to the point where victims realize there is a way out and there is help for them.
Everyone is affected by domestic abuse and violence. You are either the victim, know someone who’s a victim or are impacted by the abuse practiced on victims. Domestic abuse and violence is an equal opportunity abuser—encompassing all demographics. Knowing and recognizing the signs of domestic abuse and violence are paramount in winning the fight. Just as victims are often shamed into silence, many are becoming too ashamed to remain silent in the face of such help being offered.
In an age when victim support is readily available, victims will find many resources to help them. The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) is a great starting place to obtain help and other resources. Although the help is available and the advocates and organizations are moving quickly on victims behalves, we just have to let victims know that it’s okay to say “no” and leave that horrible situation. And until that happens, we will always have an uphill battle against domestic abuse and violence.