Domestic violence is everyone’s business. Maybe you know someone who has faced domestic violence. Maybe you have experienced it yourself. Or maybe you think that domestic violence is simply wrong, and you want to do something about it. In the following video, Leslie Morgan Steiner is talking about why domestic violence victims don’t leave:
On the other hand, the good news is domestic violence is a problem we can solve. There are things that each and every one of us can do to help.
With estimates ranging from 960,000 incidents of domestic violence annually to three million women who are physically abused by their husbands or boyfriends per year, it is time to take action. You can help by placing a banner or write about this problem to educate your audience. Some websites include this kind of questions in their very popular standardized practice tests. These questions, integrated into the quiz, raise awareness about the devastating but preventable social problem in a natural way.
Did You Know?
- Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of domestic violence annually to three million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year.
- Nearly 25 percent of American women report being raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner or date at some point in their lifetime.
- On average, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in this country every day.
- Nearly one-third of American women (31 percent) report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.
- Twenty-one percent of men say they don’t actively support community efforts to stop the domestic violence because “no one has asked me to get involved.”
- A majority of men are willing to talk to children about the importance of healthy, violence-free relationships to prevent, for example, cardiac problems when they could be avoided.
- Women between the ages of 16 to 24 are nearly three times more vulnerable to intimate partner violence (excluding intimate partner homicide) than women in other age groups.
- Approximately one in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
- Nearly one-third of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend in the last year.
Violent behavior is learned, and men have the power to teach boys that violence towards women is wrong. Men – fathers, brothers, coaches, teachers, uncles, and mentors – are in a unique position to help prevent domestic violence. They can educate tomorrow’s men through action and through conversation. A powerful Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign entitled Teach Early, developed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund and The Advertising Council, invites men to start conversations with boys about how they treat girls and women so they can keep on looking young and happy!
Domestic violence affects the lives of women, children, and families. Women lead most efforts to end abuse. Men know that domestic violence is wrong, but for too long many men haven’t seen a role for themselves in solving the problem.
The 100 Men’s Campaign encourages men to help stop domestic violence. Men can teach boys that violence against women is wrong and, together, we can work to end abuse.
Violence against women will stop only when each one of us decides to take action. The This Is No Excuse against Domestic Violence campaign encourages each of us to get involved when we think domestic violence is happening – to speak out, not to look away.
Women’s Health vs Religious Freedom
While this forum is usually based solely on women suffering from domestic violence and women’s health and wellness issues, at times these topics must be taken into a larger context. Recent developments and debate in Congress have made the topic of women’s health and domestic violence a political issue as well. This is truly a sad commentary on today’s state of affairs in Washington, D.C. Even the President of the United States has entered into this fray.
At the core of the controversy is the issue of birth control. As recently stated in congressional reviews, liberal facets of our government seem to be under the mistaken guise that birth control is a women’s health issue due by the right to every female capable of copulating in this country. Once again, Ms. Pelosi is stepping all over herself to protect a woman’s right to birth control and to have it free at their employer’s expense. Ms. Pelosi is perhaps the most dangerous person in America. Her misguided views have caused more irreparable harm to this country than any other politician in the history of this nation.
The liberal viewpoint is that birth control is an unalienable right of every female and should be supplied free of charge. If the employer is not willing or capable of paying for this, then Ms. Pelosi and President Trump suggest the insurance companies underwrite this expense themselves. His is the height of naivety. Who will finally foot the bill? Either employers or the government is the obvious answer.
Ms. Pelosi claims to be a Catholic, however, she is the antithesis of Catholic teaching. The American Association of Catholic Bishops has clearly stated that this HHR bill is simply an abhorrent proposition and must be fought at all costs by independence loving Americans. There are a plethora of women’s health issues that should be seriously addressed by this blog. However, safeguarding our spirit and soul and physical integrity should rank as our first priorities.