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Opinion: Domestic Violence…”You Are Not Alone” — Women of Egypt Mag

Wednesday November 29, 2017 By: Menna Doubal Body stamped with rainbow coloured bruises, dislocated shoulders, broken bones, battered souls, muted screams, silent cries, shattered voice and endless feelings of sorrow… “I was trapped. I felt like his property. I was literally just his punching bag.” Since the beginning of time, women were considered unequal to […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Hannah Joyce

October is commonly known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also the home of Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well.

“On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” There are a lot of people who are experiencing domestic violence in society today whether it is physical, emotional, or mental.

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Why is that there is not more of a push to raise awareness around the issue of this terrible violence?

Lots of people experiencing domestic violence might not even realize what it is happening. 

Why is this?

  • All they know is abuse.
  • Simply do not understand what domestic violence is.

Educating men and women on what a healthy relationship is the key of respecting and love someone.

Why do you think abusers cut contact off from the world?

It is a form of control, but we can get ahead of this by teaching from the young age what domestic violence is, and what a healthy relationship looks like.

Preventing domestic violence

Teaching women …

…that they are equal to their male counterparts.

…that they have a voice and that their voice matters.

…to be confident in who they are.

…the warning signs of a bad relationship.

Advocacy for people who do not have a voice, sharing your knowledge of domestic violence, and resources could save a person’s life. Get involved in your local community in the fight against domestic violence.

If you need help, contact the local coalition in your state,

Click the link below to find the one near you.

State Coalitions – Provides Services to victims of domestic violence as well as raising awareness

How to get involved

Take Action

Resources

Information in Article from

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence – SEEK HELP!

untitledDomestic violence can include and is not limited to:

  • *Physical violence:  Hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects, battery
  • *Emotional abuse: Name calling and threats
  • *Financial abuse: Preventing access to bank accounts, credit cards or other financial resources
  • *Sexual abuse: Any forced sexual activity
  • *Spiritual abuse: Keeping someone from going to a place of worship or using scriptures to justify abuse.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/yd5uocrx

SEEK HELP!

In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

In Canada: Visit ShelterSafe to find the helpline of a women’s shelter near you.

In the UK: Call Women’s Aid UK at 0808 2000 247.

Worldwide: Visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers.

 

Domestic Abuse Awareness

IMG_7370Domestic Abuse is a subject that is largely ignored by mainstream media, given that three women are murdered every day in the US by their current and former partners, according to the Domestic Abuse Shelter.Some statistics show that as many as 4,000 women per year die from domestic violence around the world.

In a statement on last year’s National Domestic Violence Awareness month, former US President Barack Obama said it is everyone’s responsibility to speak out against domestic violence, and to not forget all the women

who may receive abuse – including older women, women with disabilities, LGBT members and native and indigenous women.

“Our nation’s character is tested whenever this injustice is tolerated,” he said. in a country where one in four women and one in seven men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, there remains much work to be done.

SEEK HELP!

In the US: Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
In Canada: Visit ShelterSafe to find the helpline of a women’s shelter near you.

UK: Call Women’s Aid UK at 0808 2000 247. Worldwide: visit International Directory of
Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines and crisis centers.

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