According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in 33 men have experienced and attempted or completed rape. In 2006 in Minnesota, there were 12,067 filings for orders of protection. There were 2,681 domestic assault cases and 113 felony charges brought against the offender in 2004. At least 20 women were murdered and 12 children killed as a result of domestic violence in 2006.
These are shocking statistics. In a country that respects diversity and believes in human rights, why is domestic violence so prevalent in our country? Domestic violence destroys homes, families and marriages. Domestic violence is not the victimâ€™s fault!
If we canâ€™t stop domestic violence in our country we should be at least aware of the symptoms of domestic violence. Look for signs of your partner wanting to gain power and control over you. If your husband or boyfriend wonâ€™t let you be with your friends or family, walk â€“ no run â€“ away from the relationship. This is the first sign of domestic abuse. Look for verbal degradation whether in private or in public settings. Never, ever allow another person to hit or beat you. If you are sexually abused, call the Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line at 1-866-223-1111.
Letâ€™s stop domestic violence where it starts at home now.