Are you in an abusive relationship? Do you know someone in an abusive relationship?
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a known fact that both women and men deal with domestic violence in relationships. Often times men are less likely to speak up about the issue more so than women. Whether you are a man or a women domestic violence is real and sometimes difficult to talk with others about.
It’s not as easy as some think to get out of an abusive relationship. Women may feel like they have nowhere to go or no one to turn to. Men feel embarrassed that they are even in a relationship as such.
My favorite show, A Different World has an episode depicting Gina, who appears to be a strong woman, in an abusive relationship. She dated an up and coming rapper named Dion. When he became upset he would beat her. Dion reveals that he grew up in an abusive home where he learned the behavior. His dad abused his mom. If you ever get a chance be sure to check out the episode entitled Love Taps.
If you are in an abusive relationship seek help and protection. If you know someone that is in an abusive relationship say something. We often think that if it’s not use in a violent relationship then it doesn’t matter. Domestic violence thrive because we know about it but don’t do anything about it. If you see something say something. It will save a life.
Here are some National Statistics from the http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics website:
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.1
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.2
Resources: http://www.thehotline.org/ Hotline – 1.800.799.7233 or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
Tune in to The Linda D. Lowe Show “Girl Talk” this Thursday as we talk about domestic violence.
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