Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem continues to be overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Every day we read about another celebrity or athlete in the news; taking a stand and speaking candidly about past abusive relationships. Usually, the disclosure is frank and honest, admitting that they may not have the answers for everyone and highlighting awareness that domestic violence is an issue which affects all of us.
Domestic violence is a complicated issue; it may be too big and scary to handle alone. Once thought of as a women’s issue, we now have a better understanding that spousal abuse is not limited to male/female relationships and certainly not always indicative that the woman is or will be the victim. Thankfully, today we have resources available. If you, or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, speak up!
Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually and those children who are living in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30-60%). Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners. These physical assaults tend to escalate in severity and occurrence throughout the relationship. Women ages 20 to 24 are reportedly at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence. Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship reported that a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up.
These statistics are alarming AND we need to understand most domestic violence incidents are under reported or never reported at all.
- One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
- Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
- Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available.
To determine whether your relationship is abusive, answer the questions below. The more “yes” answers, the more likely it is that you’re in an abusive relationship.
Signs That You Are In An Abusive Relationship
You are not alone! Let’s help stop the violence. Make the call, reach out, find your voice or help someone in need: