Close to Home - The Reality of Domestic Violence
How do you begin an uncomfortable conversation?
There is no easy way. You have to simply start talking.
According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, “On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.[i]”
Read that again. 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. Now take a moment and read more statistics here.
These numbers are scary, but they also bring home the point that domestic violence is closer to each one of us than we care to admit. Unfortunately, it is extremely likely that we personally know someone who has gone through or is going through a domestic violence experience.
It might be you. It might be your best friend. It might be your brother or maybe your Aunt.
How can we help? What can we do? Where do we start?
These are all questions that lead to one answer: Education.
We need to know what abuse looks like and sounds like. We need to know where help is found and how to get those who need help to those resources. Over the course of the next several months, I want to bring those resources and education to you. This can be overwhelming, so I want to break it down and give one or two resources at a time.
We are here to help. Make sure you visit our blog regularly to see what comes next.
The links below are specific pages from the National Domestic Violence Hotline website. These are great places to start to learn about what abuse is, the different kinds of abuse, and how to get help for both the abused and the abuser.
Do you think you are involved in an abusive relationship or being trafficked? Do not hesitate, Call: National Domestic Violence Hotline : 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888