Domestic Violence Awareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and at Childhelp we’re hoping you’ll stay aware of how violence in the home affects not only yourself, but your children as well. Domestic violence (the pattern of abusive behavior between two family members) can come in many shapes and sizes. Most often we think of it as physical abuse, but it can also be sexual, mental, emotional and verbal abuse as well. The abuser uses plenty of techniques to demoralize, hurt, scare and batter their victims, sometimes in insidious and subtle ways.
No matter how abuse is delivered, it leaves a lasting impression on the victim and those around them. In fact, homes in which women are beaten are exponentially at higher risk to have abused children as well. Sadly, those children are also at risk to learn the abusive habits they see growing up and continue the cycle of violence later in life in their own families. But there is hope and children don’t have to be a part of the domestic violence they grew up in.
First and foremost comes finding help for the abused. If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE ) for help. If you are also aware of or a victim of child abuse call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD. Help is always waiting. No one has to be a victim of domestic or child abuse. To learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project website at http://dvam.vawnet.org/about/index.php.