Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.”

Quote From Eveshelter.com.

Can you imagine?  More than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines in the United States alone.  Each day.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We all need to be aware.

Violence and abuse can creep soundlessly into a relationship before you even realize that is what it is.  For some, it seems to be normal.  They are so used to it, so acclimated to that type of environment, they don’t even think of it as abuse.  But that doesn’t stop the hurt, and it doesn’t make it right.

These are some types of abuse, taken from the website domesticviolence.org:

Examples of abuse include:

  • Name calling or putdowns
  • Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  • Withholding money
  • Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • Actual or threatened physical harm
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation

Has your partner ever held you down and tickled you until you began to cry?  Have they ever punched holes in the wall to frighten you?  Do they constantly tell you that you are stupid or unworthy?  Do they continuously say things they know are hurtful to you, yet won’t stop saying them?  These are all forms of abuse.

148521_625465040810847_1969821255_nMany men or women will not speak about the violence or abuse that is happening in their own homes for fear of embarrassment, retaliation, or that no one will believe them.  The abusers often live a public life of being the perfect person, one that no one would believe they could ever abuse someone.  But it does happen, more frequently than we know.  So many acts of violence go unreported because of these very reasons.

According to domesticviolence.org:

ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM! Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.

If you, or someone you know, is being abused, please don’t be silent.  Tell someone.  Get help.  Don’t let it continue, don’t be the victim.

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

If you need to talk or ask questions, call your local domestic violence shelter.  If you live in Washington County, OH, call Eve, Inc. at 800-974-3111.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233.

Please, break the silence.

 

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These are the ramblings of a woman determined to prove there is life after 50 for women who are unmarried, divorced, or widowed, and choose to live alone. This is my journey through life. It is filled with memories, dreams, hopes, disappointments, failures, and faith. Walk with me as I explore each day with questions and observations, remembrances and thoughts, all in a jot.