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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this month, the nation comes together to spread awareness regarding domestic violence. Domestic violence is something that happens all over the world. You may not know it, but anyone around you could be going through domestic violence. Domestic violence, by definition, means “violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving the violent abuse of a spouse or partner”. While domestic violence is typically seen between individuals in a relationship, it can also include violence from family members, or anyone at home. Domestic violence can happen between anyone, and can be caused by anyone. You never know who is going through domestic violence, which is why it is so important to stay informed about it. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence(NCADV) found that 90% of people who abuse others in the form of domestic violence do not showcase it outside of their home. Essentially, no one would even suspect them because they act as if nothing is happening. Oftentimes, you might be a victim of domestic violence, but are unaware of it. It is helpful to know the signs of domestic violence in this case, to keep yourself safe. There are various signs of domestic violence, but here are some of the more common signs according to the NCADV:

  • Extreme Jealousy

  • Verbal Abuse

  • Insulting the victim whether in public or alone

  • Blaming the victim for anything bad

  • Control of the victim(what they do, where they go, etc)

  • Abusing others in the household(pets, family members, etc)

Another potential situation is when someone else is a victim of domestic violence. In this situation, knowing the signs based on the victim’s actions can prove to be incredibly beneficial. Here are some of those signs according to SafeHorizon:

  • The victim makes excuses for their abuser

  • The victim is constantly ridiculed/insulted by their abuser in public

  • The victim is showcasing depression-like symptoms such as not going out as much, not talking as much, etc. 

  • Their abuser needs to know everything that the victim is doing

These are just some of the warning signs that could indicate that you or someone else could be a victim of domestic abuse. These are not the only signs, and each situation varies. If you feel as though you or someone else is a victim of domestic abuse, you need to get help immediately. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 888-799-7233. Or, you can text START to 88788 if you need to send an SMS. 


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