October National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States

Domestic ViolenceStatistics on Domestic Violence in the United States

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides free statistics  on domestic violence in the United States. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) website at http://ncadv.org has downloadable national statistics and downloadable statistics by state in the United States.

According to their statistics, one in four women and one in seven men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Awareness Matters!

Please understand that domestic violence crosses all boundaries and affects all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, or gender. The traumatic effects of domestic violence can last a lifetime.

Emotional and verbal abuse are often part of the physical violence.

Murder and Suicide Rate in Domestic Violence

One in three female murder victims and one in twenty male murder victims are killed by intimate partners. Seventy-two per cent of all murder–suicides are committed by intimate parts. Ninety–four per cent of murder–suicide victims are female.

Ten Tips to Help A Victim of Domestic Violence

Remember the abuse victim could be your mother or father, sister or brother, aunt or uncle, cousin, or best friend. For this reason, I ask you, as a family member or friend, to follow these ten tips to help an abused person.

  1. Listen to the victim of domestic violence.
  2. Don’t blame the victim for the abuse.
  3. Avoid interrupting the abused person when he’s/she’s talking.
  4. Don’t act shocked or doubtful of the situation.
  5. Look for information on your computer, not the victim’s.
  6. Inform the person that Verizon donates wireless phones to abuse victims.
  7. Let the victim know free help is available.
  8. Inform the abused person that domestic violence crosses all boundaries.
  9. Find out if the person is danger.
  10. Call the nearest shelter hotline on your phone not the victim’s.

Psalm 55:12–13: If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend.”

Dear God, keep me from a state of denial. Help me to see what is going on around me and to report it to the proper authorities. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega X.XXIII.MMXVII

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