“Domestic Violence is like drowning in your own home” -Author Unknown
What is Domestic Violence?
“Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence vary dramatically.” – National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence and it’s Effects
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten
In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute (This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims)
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner
1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he or someone close to her/him will be harmed or killed
Domestic violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24
19% of domestic violence involves a weapon
Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior
Why Should this Matter to You?
This topic involves you, whether directly or indirectly, because of the world you live in. Today, society is promoting relationships in the following ways:
Monogamy does not exist
Men are in charge
Violence is natural
Sex is no big deal
Relationships should be important to you because you are worth more than abuse and violence. You were put on this earth for a purpose, whether you know what that is or not. Today’s sex industry is driving relationship standards into the ground and replacing them with sexual standards that will not meet the human desires that are built into each of us. While sex is a part of a relationship, it is not the only factor that you should be basing your relationship on.
Your relationship, to name a few, should be built on respect, trust, commitment, and honesty. You should respect one another and the worldviews you both hold, as well as your moral compass that society tells you to ignore. If you or someone you know is unsure about if your relationship falls into the domestic violence category, call us today (719.544.9312) and let’s have a real conversation about it. You are never alone and you are always worth more than what anyone dictates for you.
ACPC offers Relationship Counseling and a workshop called The Diamond Standard that will equip you with the tools you need to get out of an unhealthy relationship as well as discover how to have a healthy one. Call for an appointment today.
Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence