Domestic violence is everybody's problem
Like so many illnesses in our society, very few people escape being a victim, having a relative a victim or knowing someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the local Family Crisis Center has been busy informing people of the warning signs and how to get help.
Thursday night, the annual candlelight vigil was held in town and speakers told how domestic violence has impacted their lives forever, with many telling of a loved one who died from domestic violence.
According to statistics, each year more than two million women are victims of domestic violence and one million children are physically abused. Reportedly, one in every four families in the U.S. is involved in domestic violence.
In the U.S., women are assaulted or beaten once every nine seconds; worldwide, one in three women have been battered, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to women’s advocacy organizations.
Domestic violence is not just wrong, it is a crime. And, it can be either or both verbal and physical abuse. It is not just limited to men abusing women, but that is by far the most prevalent.
There are signs families should look for. Among them, clothing that may appear to be covering up bruises, constant phone calls, unaccountable injuries, frequent absences and fear of conflict are just a few.
As our society grows more and more knowledgeable about domestic violence, more and more help is being made available. Porterville is fortunate to have such a strong shelter and support system. The Tulare County District Attorney’s office has taken an aggressive approach to not only prosecuting those committing spousal or child abuse, but to offer resources to assist the many victims.
No one should have to live in fear. We all need to do our part and offer our support and help to those who are victims.