What is Domestic Violence & What are the Statistics in the U.S.
There are many misconceptions about domestic violence, among them, that is a problem primarily of the lower classes and the poor or that it’s only women who are victims.
When in fact, no one is immune to domestic violence and many people would be surprised to discover that they probably know someone right now who is the victim of some form of domestic violence.
Domestic abuse or domestic violence is any act of abuse, intimidation or terror, committed deliberately against a partner, spouse, parent or child for the purpose of controlling their behavior in an unhealthy manner.
In many cases actual cases of physical violence begins as domestic abuse; that is, the person may begin by using intimidation tactics, and verbal abuse and other methods of scaring the victim into complying with their demands without ever physically assaulting the person. In their minds, this is not “Domestic abuse” because they are not actually laying their hands on the victim.
Do not let this excuse deter you from intervening when you suspect domestic abuse. Verbal or emotional abuse is just as devastating as physical abuse and often escalates to physical abuse. If it is not stopped.
For the purpose of any domestic abuse or domestic violence posts in this blog, we will use the terms “Domestic abuse” and “domestic violence” to mean any kind of abuse, whether physical, emotional or verbal. When it is necessary to direct differentiate, we will clearly define which type of abuse, we are referring to. Remember that, for victims, a great deal of mental and emotional damage and be done by any attacker who is inflicting on his or her victim.
The statistics surrounding domestic violence are surprising to many people and should be disturbing to everyone:
The above statistics are alarming. Is our job as individuals to educate ourselves, our friends and our families to recognize the signs of abuse and stop it. We must also prevent abuse before it starts, and so that future generations can sustain healthy, loving relationships without abuse.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION, PLEASE CALL 1800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.thehotline.org for more information about domestic violence and how to get help.
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Lisa is certified in 7 different areas of natural wellness and holds a degree in Transformational Psychology. She is the founder of Lifeshare University of Healing, LLC, and the Published Author of Nine Amethyst Angels Self Help Book and the Personal Development CD Series "A Life from Roses to Lilies, Back to Seed.