Violence in the Suburbs
Shots ring out in the evening. Do the police even respond anymore? Another case of domestic violence and we remain blind to the effects it has on our communities. Especially the effect it has on our children. I have seen children who have witnessed the death of their parent, at the hands of the other parent. It is not a pretty sight. Recently in my neighborhood there was a domestic dispute which ended in a murder-suicide and the minors involved lost both their parents at the same time. I think that many people believe that there is nothing we can do about domestic violence. I used to be one of those people. However, most recently I have come to believe that there are some things that we can do about domestic violence. The most important thing we can do is speak out. Tell the stories. Let others know how this violence is affecting our neighborhoods and affecting our children.
Atlanta-area Domestic Deaths by County, 2010
Domestic Violence Concerns Everyone
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined and everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. We need to talk to our youth and families about domestic violence and the effects it is having on our society. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, one in four kids will experience an adverse childhood experience (ACEs) by the time they are 4 years old; 50 percent will experience this trauma three or four times. While domestic violence is only one of the traumatic experiences that a youth may experience, it doesn't have to be an experience for all youth. Education and outreach concerning domestic violence is an important topic for schools, churches and other community organizations to be talking about with their members. If we can prevent even one instance of violence in the community, It would all be worth it.