As part of the Helen Davis Leadership Academy Homecoming Pageant, the girls that are competing completed a community service project. We put together care packages for the women that are served through a local organization Casa Myrna. Their motto is “Until every relationship is healthy and safe”. I believe that it is important to continue to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence. For the young women I am working with, that includes discussing with them what healthy relationships look like, and hopefully what I share below, you can share with others. So what are some of the facts?
Domestic violence can occur in intimate relationships between people of any age, ethnic group, profession, religious affiliation, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation, whether or not they are married or living together.
Abuse can happen on a regular basis or only sporadically. Abusers will sometimes even threaten to harm themselves as a way of making victims feel guilty.
There are many similarities between domestic violence and teen dating violence. Both situations are based on power and control: abusive behaviors can become a pattern, which becomes a cycle that is harder and harder to break no matter your age.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that domestic violence will affect 1 in 3 women at some point in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 experience severe physical violence. 44% of lesbian women experience violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. And 1 in 4 gay men and 1 in 3 bisexual men experience intimate partner violence.
Teen dating violence is not “domestic violence lite” and can be just as serious and violent as abuse within an adult relationship. Abusive relationships can begin at your very first dating experience and can affect how you interact in relationships for the rest of your life.
If you and/or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or you are concerned about your or another’s safety, call our SafeLink statewide hotline for help at 877-785-2020.
All information was taken from the Casa Mryna Get Educated tab on their website, which is linked above.