October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic has always been an underrated crime. As it mostly happens behind closed doors, many cases don’t see the light.

Do you know that approximately, 29% of the women and 10% of the men fall victim to DV?!

Probably, no! On average, every 1 in 4 females and every 1 in 7 males experience physical assault by their partners. Horrific, right?! It doesn’t end there, sadly!

In the US, as many as 24 people a minute become the victims of stalking, physical attack, or rape. That makes up to 12 million victims per year.

And, it doesn’t stop there. These are merely a few statistics. The real threat is far bigger than these numbers. Lack of proper awareness among the masses is the main reason here. 

 

Domestic Violence is a pattern of one person trying to dominate or control another person. This involves different types of abusive ways.

It is a repetitive process of abuse where the perpetrator gets hold of the victim in a consistent manner. DV comes in different forms and ways.

Many authentic studies prove that most of the victims are women. Don’t be fooled by the name. This form of abuse can take place in workplaces as well.

For your better understanding, here are the main domestic abuse categories:

  • Physical Abuse: Pushing, kicking, strangling, or any other physical violence.
  • Sexual Abuse: forceful sex, sexual assaults, sexual threats, and many others.
  • Emotional Abuse: Threats, manipulation, lies, stalking, name-calling, and several more.
  • Economic Abuse: Denying access to bank accounts and other financial platforms.

If your partner does any of the above or anything similar, you’re being abused. Get help and get out of it, ASAP!

What causes Domestic Abuse?

Honestly, it differs from one person to another. However, we can nail down to some of the most common reasons behind this behavior.

  • Alcohol is not only a threat to physical health, but also mental health as well. Under the influence of booze, a person could wildly.
  • A sense of entitlement will always make the person perceive others as low-levels.
  • Lack of empathy. We call them psychopaths. You don’t need any more explanation. Do you?!
  • Gender discrimination. Some people believe they’re superior to their partner, just because they’re born into a certain gender. 

DV is never a good thing. Never! Victims are at the risk of many troublesome consequences. Here are a few of the drastic effects of abuse:

  • Victims of domestic sexual violence are prone to HIV or STDs due to forced mating.
  • This also has severe effects on their mental health, leading to depression or even suicide.
  • As low as 34% of physical abuse victims receive proper medical care.
  • In the US, victims of partner violence lose over 8,000,000 million days of work every year. That’s equal to 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • These phenomena also cost the US economy somewhere between $5 to $12 billion each year.
  • Due to partner abuse, 20-60% of victims lose their jobs, thanks to trauma.

For more information or to seek help go to https://domesticviolence.org/

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  1. Thank you for the very clear and informative post on domestic violence. Complicated relationship feelings and the hope for better outcomes can make it hard to realize how physically and mentally dangerous domestic violence is. It is very toxic and dangerous. Be aware. Thank you.