Domestic violence is the use of sexual abuse, physical assault, or other abusive behavior by an individual to gain power and control over the other. It affects people of different genders, races, ages, socioeconomic groups, and communities. Domestic violence is a widespread problem that needs to be addressed, which is why October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence includes physical abuse and emotional abuse. Some examples of non-physical abuse include stalking, threats against the victim’s family or friends, and controlling behavior towards the victim. These actions can negatively affect the victim’s thoughts and emotions. In fact, domestic violence has been correlated with a higher rate of suicide and depression. These emotional and mental problems often times lead to abuse of drugs and alcohol.
In order to help individuals escape from or prevent domestic violence, one of the most important things is to educate people on the warning signs that someone might be an abuser. These warning signs are extreme jealousy, a bad temper, possessiveness, preventing the victim from going to work or school, controlling all the finances, etc. It is important to understand that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or might be suffering from domestic violence call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).