October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And to all of us who understand the importance of removing even the threat of violence from our path, that end can’t be soon enough.
It’s easy to spot a victim of domestic violence if alert to the triggers, appearance, and demeanor of the abused.
But in domestic violence situations, not only is the victim damaged, but those around her are also effected. Children, siblings, parents, friends, neighbors, towns, cities, counties, states–even the whole world isn’t immune to the effects of violence. In fact, many abusers were themselves abused as children. And through that abuse they learned how to abuse others.
Statistics vary, but are highest for younger women. In fact, one in every four will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year. 85% of domestic violence victims are women. Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they know, and trust. But females who are twenty to twenty-four are highest at risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence. Even young children, and younger girls aren’t immune.
In most cases, domestic violence is never reported to the police. So be a stand-up reporter, and don’t be afraid to tell someone if you are a victim. Learn to be alert to a victim of domestic violence, and become an advocate for the abused. Then stand in the gap for them, and offer assistance. If more become aware of the potential dangers of domestic violence and abuse, then more cases will be reported; and more victims will be freed from the curse of violence and abuse.