Domestic violence is more prevalent than you think. Over ten million people suffer from domestic violence in the United States each year, and that’s only the people who report the violence they face.
So, how do you recognize and prevent domestic violence in your own life and for those around you? Read on to start working towards domestic violence prevention today.
Risk Factors for Domestic Violence
Some people and relationships are more prone to domestic violence than others. Women, as a whole, tend to be more prone to domestic violence than men (although men can also be victims of domestic violence). Economic stress, like job loss, can be a contributing factor to domestic violence.
Having a family history of domestic violence is a risk factor for continuing the cycle, both as a victim and as an aggressor. A lack of strong relationships outside of a partner and being isolated can also make a person more prone to domestic violence.
So, if someone in your life is asking, “should I leave my husband?” reach out and see if any of these risk factors may be a contributing factor.
Signs of Domestic Violence
There are some signs of domestic violence you can look out for in your relationship and in the relationships of those around you.
Of course, the easiest visible sign of domestic violence to spot is physical injury, like bruises. If your partner is constantly accusing you of infidelity or other wrongdoings, it could be a sign of domestic violence. Other common signs of domestic violence include:
- Verbal threats and threats of violence
- Dictating what you wear, who you talk to, and how you behave
- Controlling you financially, cutting off your access to money
- Criticizing your appearance or other aspects of your identity
- Forcing you to have sex
Of course, escaping domestic violence once you recognize it is more difficult than you may think. That’s why it’s important to work towards domestic violence in all of our communities.
Ways to Fight Domestic Violence
Are you looking for ways to fight domestic violence in your community?
You can volunteer with different organizations that help women get away from violent situations. You can share resources to help educate people about domestic violence issues, so they can recognize the signs of domestic violence or spousal abuse in their own relationships.
And, if someone in your life is suffering from domestic violence, be there for them. They may not be able to escape right away, but lend them an ear and a soft place to land when they need it. And, make sure they physically document all the different signs of the abuse. This will help them in the legal process later on.
Domestic Violence Prevention: Get Started
There are lots of great strategies on the path to domestic violence prevention. Be sure to use the ones fleshed out above.
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