Domestic Violence Awareness

By: Jenny Biggs | Contributing Writer

In our day and age, there is a huge focus on mental health. While mental health should be taken seriously, there is something else that deserves just as much attention. Something that, in turn, leads to all kinds of mental disorders. It’s the reason why some people have to wear sunglasses on a cloudy day or long sleeves in the middle of the summer. It’s domestic violence.

There are several types of domestic violence. It is defined as any form of maltreatment in a relationship. Not only does it affect your well-being at the time, but it can continue to affect you even if you reach a point of stability.

A lot of the time, domestic violence starts out with something small, such as pinching or pushing. It can escalate to something as severe as murder. It is important that young men and women be educated on this topic. Likely, one of their peers is a victim.

Domestic violence is all around us. According to medicinenet.com, as many as one in four women and one in five men have fallen victim. In fact, every nine seconds, somebody in the world gets physically abused, usually by an intimate partner. It is the leading cause of injuries among women. Even more common than car accidents. 

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Domestic violence recovery is never easy, regardless of the severity of the case. Fortunately, there are several people around us who can help. People who understand that it takes a great deal of time to heal from this sort of situation.

Usually, the hardest thing for a victim to do is to speak up. They live with the fear that they are going to cause pain to those around them, often because their abusers use this as a threat. According to healthyplace.com, anybody who commits an act of domestic violence wants to control their partner, usually to the point of not wanting them to have contact with anybody else in the outside world.