In line with health education week, the month of October also recognizes domestic violence awareness. Domestic violence is a health education topic that can often be overlooked but is very significant to the health of individuals involved in it. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as intentional abusive behavior against another person that can involve intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, economic abuse, threats and emotional abuse. Here are 5 facts about domestic violence that you may not be aware of:
- According to the NCADV, each year over 10 million adults suffer from a domestic violence situation. They also report that over the course of one’s lifetime, 1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 9 men experience sexual abuse, violence and/or stalking.
- Domestic violence is present in every community and does not discriminate against age, race, gender, religion, or economic status.
- Domestic violence hotlines are available all over the world. In the United States there are dozens available for adults, both men and women, children, teens, particular races and more. Click here for a full list from the NCADV: https://ncadv.org/resources
- Some warning signs of someone who is an abuser can include but are not limited to, extreme jealousy, unpredictability, anger, demeaning behavior, controlling what someone wears or how they act, or blaming someone for anything that goes wrong.
- There are many reasons why someone would stay with the person who is abusing them and there can be many barriers involved in their situation.
If you are experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, please visit the source below for hotline information. If in immediate danger, please call 911. Help spread awareness about domestic violence this month to family, friends, and coworkers.