October is the designated month to bring awareness to domestic violence in America. During this month, many survivors find the courage to tell their story about how survived abuse from the hands of someone they love.
According to ncadv.org, “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.”
Domestic violence is not anything new. Both men and women have dealth with this issue for quite sometimes. Many are not lucky to escape. Many are are lucky to get away and start new lives for themselves. Our laws are still not in the place they need to be in order to protect victims of abuse.
Talking about abuse is a trigger. Asking for help is hard. Making an escape takes much thought. Below is a link of national resources that are available if you are in a domestic violence situation: https://ncadv.org/resources
Find ways go help bring awareness. Share resources. Donate to woman shelters. Listen to someone’s story.