Domestic violence isn’t a subject people like to discuss, but we must spread awareness because it’s a preventable issue.
It’s important to note that the physical, sexual, or psychological problem isn’t restricted to women. Reports show that approximately 43 million females and 38 million males have experienced aggression by their partners.
However, there are promising signs of a reduction in reported cases in recent years. This drop shows that preventive steps are successful, confirming the CDC’s stand that domestic violence is preventable.
Before we look at how to prevent such incidences, we recommend that you reach out for support if you’re already in an abusive relationship. There are many hotlines you can call. You should report to a law enforcement agency if it’s serious. If you want to seek legal advice, why not look here?
Let’s explore some steps we, as individuals, can take to stop domestic violence.
Identify the Warning Signs
First, it’s critical to know that aggression from partners can happen to anyone at any time during a relationship. However, you should identify specific behaviors your partner displays, such as:
- Being jealous of your friends.
- Blaming you for all the relationship problems.
- Embarrassing or belittling you.
- Intentionally damaging your belongings.
- Threatening violence to gain your compliance.
- Pressuring you to have sex against your will.
Get Involved in Education About Domestic Violence
Studies show that the problem has roots in teen dating. If educational institutions teach students about respect and healthy relationships, it’ll go a long way to prevent aggression in adulthood.
If you’re a parent, you should encourage your children’s school to implement programs to educate teens about the dangers of abuse and ensure that there are measures to avert sexual assault.
You can organize talks by experts on domestic violence to religious groups, organizations, and civic centers to create greater awareness in the community about the topic.
Don’t Ignore the Problem and Dangers
Most often, witnesses claim that they were aware of the abuse happening but didn’t want to get involved.
Be sure not to ignore cries for help. You don’t have to intervene physically, but you can call the police. Your proactive action can save a life.
Offer Your Support
When someone approaches you to confide in you, listen without judging. It’s best to display belief and offer to help. You should have phone numbers of hotlines on hand in case they need more professional assistance.
If you know of anyone who lives in fear of harm, check in on them regularly to ensure they’re alright. You may need to assist the victim to get away to a safe place, so be prepared. It’s also advantageous to know the location of the nearest shelter.
Support Help Organizations
Most refuge shelters and bodies that assist victims of domestic violence are self-funded. They don’t get government aid and rely on donations.
You can do your part by contributing money to these centers or offering your services as a volunteer.
Domestic Violence Is Everyone’s Problem
If every individual plays an active role in solving the issue, perhaps we’ll see a change happening soon.
Disclaimer: This content does not necessarily represent the views of IWB.