Because many people do not take domestic violence seriously, it is rarely discussed openly. Nonetheless, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, approximately 20 people are abused by an intimate partner every minute.
Domestic violence affects one in every three women and one in every four men at some point in their lives. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crimes in the United States, but it is a hidden epidemic. It’s a wild ride for those who are experiencing it.
It’s heartbreaking to see someone you care about go through this, and there’s often nothing anyone can do. If you haven’t seen it, imagine yourself in the shoes of someone whose father is a drunkard and every time he comes home, he beats the mother in front of the children or harasses the children themselves.
Domestic violence does not always have to be physical; it can also include rape, stalking, sexual, emotional, social, verbal, spiritual, financial, and economic abuse.
It is any behavior committed by someone in the victim’s domestic circle with the intent of gaining power or control over it. Partners and ex-partners, immediate family members, other relatives, and family friends are all included. Such violence can be frustrating at times, especially when there is no peace at home. And a house without peace isn’t really a house.
Sometimes parents are unconcerned about their children and don’t understand how whatever is going on is having an effect on their children. It’s the worst feeling in the world to see your parents arguing and sometimes even fighting in your presence, and it can really traumatize and depress you as an individual, causing emotional distress, eating and sleeping disturbances, suicidal thoughts, and physical symptoms like headaches, unwanted pregnancies, and substance abuse. What bothers me the most is that most victims of domestic abuse are hesitant to seek help, especially because they are afraid of repercussions from the abuser, and as a result, the abuser takes advantage.
Therefore we should all take primary preventive measures which necessitates addressing the social conditions, such as gender inequality, that excuse, justify, or even promote violence against women and children.
Some of the measures that could be taken to prevent domestic violence are:
-Setting up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol in collaboration with the police.
-Make certain that your streets and homes are well-lit.
-Ensure that all of the neighborhood’s youth have positive places to spend their free time, such as organized recreation, tutoring programs, part-time work, and volunteer opportunities.
-Create a partnership with the police and focus on solving problems rather than reacting to crises. Allow neighbors to report suspicious behavior or crimes without fear of retaliation.
-Use “safety in numbers” to hold rallies, marches, and other group activities to demonstrate your determination.-
Clean up your surroundings! Involve everyone, including teenagers, children, and senior citizens. Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run-down buildings communicate to criminals that you don’t care where you live or about each other. Call the local public works department and request assistance with cleaning up.
-Request that local officials use novel methods to remove criminals from your building or neighborhood. Enforcing anti-noise laws, housing codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug-free clauses in rental leases are among them.
-Collaborate with schools to create drug-free zones.
-Collaborate with recreation officials to accomplish the same for parks.
-Create and distribute a phone list of local organizations that can provide counseling.
- By a human rights activist.