Friday, October 15, 2010

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence is summed up as physical altercations between two people that are in a relationship. Typically, but not always, the assaulter is the male and the person being assaulted is the female. Statistically the following has been found:

  • 1 in 4 women will be involved in a DV situation
  • Approx. 1.3 million women are assaulted by their partner yearly
  • 85% of all DV cases involve women
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Numbers don't lie...and with statistics like this it baffles me to wonder why more isn't being done about this heinous crime. What is even more disturbing is that even MORE cases go UNREPORTED!

Many women refuse to report DV incidents for various reasons:
  • They don't want to make their spouse/significant (or in my opinion not-so-significant) other upset
  • They don't feel protected by the police
  • Children are involved
  • They don't want to end up sad and lonely
  • They feel it's their fault
All of these reasons can apply, yet none of them are valid. No one, and I mean absolutely NO ONE, has the right to lay their hands on you! PERIOD! DV is a punishable crime, and although it's considered a misdemeanor (which I'll discuss more in the next blog) it is a punishable offense.

Regardless of any excuse, DV is not okay! If you or someone you know is stuck in a domestic violence situation please seek help IMMEDIATELY! Tomorrow may be too late! Visit or call (800) 799-SAFE (7233). You don't have to put up with DV. Take a stand for yourself and get out...TODAY!