October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I also want to acknowledge that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There is great support for Breast Cancer Awareness through media, and other sources. Unfortunately, domestic violence awareness month does not get the same support on a large platform. Both are very important issues that affect many individuals and families across the globe. It is our due diligence to highlight the importance of domestic violence awareness.
Domestic Violence Facts:
· 1 out of 3 women and 1 and 4 men will experience domestic violence during their life time; that’s more individuals than breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined.
· More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home
· Women ages 18-34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence
· 14% of homicides in the U.S. are committed by an intimate partner (1,640 women and 700 men).
· Women are 3x more likely to be killed or seriously injured by male partners than men.
· More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes yearly.
· Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent which can place a child at great risk for injury or death.
These are a few facts that speak to why it is important to make a stand and advocate against domestic violence; not just in October but all year round.
Do you believe that you may be in a Domestic Violence Relationship? Here are some signs:
· You feel like you’re walking on eggshells in order to avoid any potential conflict.
. Feeling that you're questioning your thoughts and reality (gas-lighting)
· Feeling that you’re becoming more withdrawn from family and friends and mostly if not always with your partner.
· Your partner is overly jealous and possessive
· Limited access to money (financial abuse).
· Feeling humiliated by your partner through yelling, criticizing, and putting you down.
· Physical, and sexual abuse of any kind.
· Feeling afraid and hypersensitive constantly; always in a state of tension instead of relaxation.
I am proud to be a super sister of Sisters Empowerment Network which is an organization that focuses on promoting services for survivors and their families! Please help us by donating to the cause by clicking on the link below:
By assisting women with financial management, emotional support, education, and other supportive services and resources available at our disposal, these women can become or return as productive members of society and live their best life ever, after an explosive, abusive relationship.
Your contribution to this challenge will help us continue to help women break free from the cycle of violence and financial abuse. Thank you in advance for your support!.