Domestic Violence... the words themselves bring an air of uneasiness to anyone who reads or hears them, but what does they mean? Domestic Violence is "the violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving a spouse or partner." Often times we ignore domestic violence all together, thinking that it'll never happen to us or anyone that we love. But what if you're wrong?
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) nearly 20 people a minute are physically abused by their intimate partner in the United States. One in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.
Domestic Violence can come in different forms including physical, psychological and emotional abuse, rape, stalking, and can even go as far as homicide. Not only do the victims to these crimes become isolated from their friends and family, they also are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorder.
It is important to know the warning signs in case you or someone you care about ever encounter an abusive relationship. According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline the signs of an abusive partner include:
Showing jealousy of your friends and family or time spent away from them.
Insulting, demeaning or shaming you with constant put-downs.
Controlling your finances.
Controlling what you wear, who you see and when you see them.
Destroying personal property or threatening to kill you.
Forcing themselves on you sexually, even when asked to stop.
Using weapons to try to intimidate you.
Punching, pulling hair, kicking, chocking, slamming you against walls or doors, etc.
Harming your children.
These are only a few from a long list of traits and actions that can prove you to be in an unhealthy relationship. It is important that something is done quickly if you or anyone you know is experiencing this kind of abuse. You can always call the police, or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
People abuse others for different reasons but behind it all is the need to have control or power over the person they are abusing. If you're in this situation, remember that you are not alone and your life is too precious to spend it on someone who does not and will never see the worth God created you with.