What is Domestic Violence?
do·mes·tic vi·o·lence [noun]
Violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner. Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:
- Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
- Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
- Insulting a partner in front of other people.
- Extreme jealousy.
- Showing fear around a partner.
- Isolation from family and friends.
- Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
- Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.
(This list has been provided by NoMore.org)
Who Does Domestic Violence Affect?
Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. (The National Domestic Violence Hotline)
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience violence from their partners in their lifetimes.
- 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year.
- 1 in 5 women are survivors of rape.
- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18.
- How Can I Help A Friend or Family Member Who Is Being Abused? by The Hotline.org
- 10 Warning Signs by Break the Cycle
- Resources for Family & Friends of Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by 1in6
- Help A Stranger by Loveisrespect.org
- Help Your Child by Loveisrespect.org
How Can I Help?
You can get involved. Don’t be silent. Be an active force for change! Be a part of Clear Charity’s Backup Safety Net Program and check out the national organizations listed below. More opportunities to come.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-friends-and-family/)
1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522
Source: http://nomore.org/resources/, National Domestic Violence Hotline