by Sheri E Ragland
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is a worldwide issue that affects all cultures, regardless of gender, race and age. It is a crime. Forms of domestic violence can include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and economic abuse. Every state has laws in place to protect a woman against domestic violence. According to statistics, most domestic violence cases are not reported; and these cases occur more frequently among women. Twenty-five percent of women will become a victim of domestic violence, while one out of three will become a homicide victim (Safe Horizon, 2014). However, there is an increase in the number of men suffering from domestic violence.
The costs of domestic violence to government agencies including law enforcement is an estimated at more than $37 billion a year (Safe Horizon, 2014). Domestic violence also includes verbal abuse as well. Verbal abuse is often overlooked as a form of domestic violence and is accepted among many women for different reasons, such as family history, personal experiences, religion, low self-esteem, values and beliefs, insecurities, fear, depression, submissiveness and so forth. However, verbal abuse is a form of emotional and psychological abuse that should not be accepted either. Does verbal abuse exist in your relationship?
Safehorizon. 2014. Domestic violence: Statistics and facts. http://www.safehorizon.org/page/domestic-violence-statistics–facts-52.html.