October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. How ironic … one of the most beautiful months of the year is used to promote awareness of one of the most aggressive and oppressive acts between two people.
Forty years ago domestic violence was rarely mentioned. Today there are places to go and people to talk with about physical, mental, and emotional abuse, but many still keep it hidden away … tamped down, but never forgotten.
One in four women and one in seven men have been the victims of severe physical violence from a partner in their lifetime and even more shockingly, one in five children are exposed to domestic violence each year with 90% of these children witnessing the violence themselves, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Those who experience abuse may suffer from a loss of self esteem, depression, inability to trust, questioning spiritual faith, hopelessness, lack of motivation. Some turn to drugs and alcohol. In severe cases those who are abused may contemplate suicide.
Some may walk away. Leave. Find a new life.
The video above is of a 62-year-old woman who endured 23 years of abuse married to a pastor. She discovered there was life after that abusive marriage.
For help: 800-799-SAFE / thehotline.org