I grew up in a home of Domestic Violence. I married a man who seemed enlightened but turned out to be a psycho/sociopath. When the violence and abuse was finally known to people, the worst thing they did was to try to convince me it wasn’t real. The result. I nearly lost my life and that of my daughter’s.
Please, if ever someone says anything to you that is just not right or healthy within their relationship, explore it. In an extreme case, you may just save a life. In a budding case, you may be able to stop things before they get out of hand.
Talk to your children about it regardless of how young or old they are. Don’t let the painful nature of the subject keep you from addressing it. Someday, it will be the perpetrators who hang their heads in shame and suffer from their own mental abuses. But the only way we can get there is talk about it. Keep it out in the open. No one deserves to feel pain, fear or devalued in a relationship. No one.
From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence www.ncadv.org/
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
If you or someone you know is being abused, call the National Domestic
Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TTY).
If you are interested in more information, referrals, or funding opportunities related to domestic violence, contact the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at 202-307-6026, or visit OVW’s Web Site at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov.
Nearly 25% of surveyed women and 8% of surveyed men said they were raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or date at some time in their lives. One in four adolescents also reports verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse each year. These teens may be at a greater risk for unhealthy and abusive relationships as adults. Working together, men, women, and teens can change attitudes and perceptions about domestic violence and dating violence. We can stop the cycle of violence.
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