I’ve felt the pain of domestic violence. I’ve listened to my mother scream and cry. I’ve watched neighbors turn a blind eye. I don’t want anyone to experience the torment that my mother and I lived through. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined (Source: Domestic Violence Statistics). In the U.S., a woman is abused or beaten every 9 seconds.
Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I encourage men and women to do their part to help victims and stop the violence.
If you need more motivation to get involved, here are 13 Frightening Facts About Domestic Violence: