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Nationa Domestic Violence Awareness Month Is Almost Over
The National Football League has had several players that have been accused of domestic. Most notable Ray Rice, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens. Rice was caught on camera punching his then fiance. His fiance was hit hard enough to pass out in an elevator. That happened. The problem; he almost received a slap on the wrist until a video was released to the public. rice
Ignorance Is Bliss
In the time it took you to read a post on Facebook, a woman has suffered from some form of abuse. As you go through your news feed, how many people were beaten in that time? It is easy to give out many statistics that can show how people are affected by domestic violence, but many people are on Facebook, it is an easy corolation.
Our society is a violent society, that is not going to change. The idea that people around you are violent by nature is hard to put your head around, but look at the issues that are faced everyday in the cities of the United States.
Armed gunmen are shooting children in classrooms on what seems to be a constant basis. Reports of the police shooting people in the middle of the street are becoming more and more prevalent.
The top grossing movies that are seen in the U.S. always end with a giant fight. The fight concludes with the villain dieing a very fiery death. Top video games are those that involve massive amounts of violence.
This is not saying that those things are causing the violence, they are a representation of society.
The violent people in society might be changed, but the reality is that they won't change. The focus has to be on the survivors. Not only helping the survivors after they have been severely injured, but giving them the strength to move from their current situation. They also need support so that the survivors can change their lives.
Some of the support includes teaching the survivors career training. They also need psychological support, so that they understand that the violence that happened in their life was not their fault and they do not need to feel as if their lives are worthless.
Support also includes finding heroes that can help people out. Domestic violence is very difficult to get away from, for many reasons, but if the survivor can look at another person that made it through all of the challenges that come from transforming their lives. Hopefully that survivor can make life changes as well.
The last thing that needs to change is societies response to complaints of domestic violence. Too many times people will say some thing like it is the victims fault because of how that person dresses, or that they stay with the abuser. Those ideas need to change, and that can only take time.
Domestic violence is an awful thing, and happens far too often then it should. The reality is that people have to realize that it is going to take time to change, but those changes need to happen. The biggest change that needs to happen is that society needs to learn to help the victim, and hopefully the cycle of violence will change and eventually stop. There is always hope.
- Domestic Violence: Statistics & Facts
Facts about domestic violence and its effects on women, men, children, and families, from Safe Horizon's website.
- Domestic Violence Statistics | Domestic Violence Statistics
Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten. Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise