Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
February is the month of love and St. Valentine’s Day, but it is also important to address the issue of violence in relationships.
1 in 4 women in the United States will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of her boyfriend or husband….very few will tell anyone.
Dating Violence, as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), is “violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
- Length of the relationship
- Type of relationship
- Frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship
Signs of Abuse: Are you a Victim?
- Does your significant other keep track of where you are and what you are doing?
- Constantly accuse you of being unfaithful?
- Discourage relationship with family and friends?
- Prevent you from working or attending group meetings?
- Criticize you for little things?
- Anger easily when drinking alcohol?
- Control all the finances and force you to account for everything you spend in detail?
- Humiliate you in front of other people?
- Destroy personal property or sentimental items?
- Hit, punch, slap, kick or bite you or the children?
- Use or threaten to use, a weapon against you?
- Threaten to hurt you or the children?
- Force you to engage in sex against your will?
If the answer is “yes” to even a few of these questions, it’s time to seek help!
You are a Fighter…A Survivor.
- Contact family court for information on a civil protection order
- Talk to someone. The abuser remains powerful with the harm being kept a secret. Talk to a friend, neighbor, family member or call a domestic violence hotline to speak to a counselor
- Learn to think independently. Set goals for yourself.
Have you harmed someone in your family?
- Recognize the fact your violent behavior will destroy your family and that you break the law when you physically hurt another
- Take responsibility for your actions and get help
- When you feel the tension rising…walk away. Use the energy to work out, work on a project, sport, etc.
- Call a domestic-violence hotline or health center and ask about counseling and support groups for those who harm others.
For more information, please visit:
http://www.thehotline.org/ or contact (661) 326-3053 for information on booking a presentation on domestic violence