Domestic violence is a crime of control. It does not see the color of skin, marital status, sexual preference, level of education, age or even gender however; most domestic violence victims are women.
In many cases, it usually starts with verbal abuse or a slight shove. If not addressed at that point, it almost always gets worse as the abuser will think that it is ok. It can escalate into a push, a slap, a punch, severe beatings and even rape.
Some examples of abuse include but are not limited to: name-calling, withholding money, sexual assault, keeping a partner from relationships with friends and family, stopping a partner from having employment, actual or threatened physical harm, stalking and intimidation.
One out of three women in America have been physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives. Between 40 percent and 60 percent of men who abuse women also abuse children. Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually. Approximately 324,000 women experience violence by an intimate partner annually during pregnancy. In 2000, 1,247 women and 440 men were killed by an intimate partner.
Additionally, statistic show that children who live in homes where domestic violence occurs are more likely to be abused and/or neglected, and even though they may not be physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavioral problems. Further, as children grow older and enter relationships, they may think that it is ok or normal to abuse or be abused.
In most cases, the abuser will apologize, promise that it will never happen again, blame the victim and say that the abuse was not as bad as the victim claims. In any case, it is imperative to get out of the relationship as it will continue and likely get worse. Unfortunately, many victims are afraid to leave. This is exactly what the abuser wants. If this is the case, notify someone close i.e. a family member, friend or neighbor who would be willing to call the police or a local organization that will aid.
How would any one of us feel if a loved one was a victim of abuse? How would we feel if they were seriously injured or killed? What if it was witnessed and those who witnessed the abuse stood by and did nothing because they did not want to get involved or thought it was not their problem?
If you or anyone you know become a victim of domestic violence, report it immediately and get out of that environment.
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