Why the Focus?
According to the Office of Women’s Health US Department of State and Human Services (2015,) over 5 million women are abused every year. Other frightening statistics reveal that the number of women killed by domestic violence between 2001 and 2012 all but doubled the number of soldiers killed during the war in Afghanistan in the same period (The Huffington Post, 2015). Validating the prevalence of this despicable phenomenon is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (n.d.) which reports that in the United States 20 people are physically abused in domestic relationships every minute. This amounts to over 10 million women being killed every year according to the report. Some may argue that men are also victims of this scourge, a and they are. The Coalition reports that one in seven men as opposed to one in four women become victims of domestic abuse in their lifetimes.
But What is Domestic Abuse/ Violence abuse?
Abuse occurs in a relationship when one partner is willfully hurt physically, emotionally or sexually by the domestic partner. Many times, abuse is first emotional in the form of threats for instance then soon it may turn physical where there may be shoving or hitting. to confuse the victim by trying to convince the victim that it was the his/her fault. But this is erroneous since a person will not invite another to hurt that person. Remember the person who is the victim cannot help the abuser. The abuser needs mental help from a professional.
Get help : Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TDD).
National Statistics, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, n.d., http://ncadv.org/learn-more/statistics. Accessed 02 Sept. 2017
30 Shocking Domestic Violence Statistics That Remind Us It’s An Epidemic. The Huffington Post, 13 Feb., 2015, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/domestic-violence-statistics_n_5959776.html. Accessed 02 Sept. 2017
Violence Against Women. Women’s health .gov Office of Women’s Health , Us Department of Health and Human Services, 30 Sept., 2015, https://www.womenshealth.gov/violence-against-women/types-of-violence/domestic-intimate-partner-violence.html . Accessed 02 Sept. 2017