For years, the rate of domestic violence has tremendously increased with 1 in every 4 women and 1 in 12 men being victims of assault. Studies have shown that violent behaviors thrive in relationships since victims, both male and female, are ashamed to reach out for help.
Each individual in society has a responsibility to stop domestic violence. You can read here some of the ways in which you help prevent domestic violence in your community.
Know the Signs
In order to help stop domestic violence in your community, you need to first understand the warning signs. It is possible to see red flags both in the beginning and in the late stages of a relationship. Some of the signs to watch out for when dealing with an abuser include:
Controlling all financial decisions
- Embarrassing you
- Intimidating you physically and threatening violence
- Making you feel like you are the cause for all problems
- Preventing or stopping you from working
- Forcing you to have sex when you don’t want to
- Moving too fast
- Symbolic violence like destroying the other person’s valuable items
- Victims of domestic violence also show various signs like:
- Increasing depression and anxiety
- Avoid the truth and make excuses for abuser’s behavior
If you know someone that is a subject of domestic violence, it is your due diligence to speak out rather than remain silent. In most cases, people who’ve heard or perceived domestic violence ignore it since they feel like they are invading the victim’s personal space. However, it is more important to speak out and call the police as this could save a life.
If someone you know is being subjected to domestic violence, be readily available to help them. You never know when they are going to need you, thus, it is vital that you keep your ringer on at all times and even discuss an escape plan ahead of time. Additionally, check in regularly with a loved one that is in danger to ensure that they are safe and okay.
Trust Your Intuition
Trusting your intuition can greatly help you prevent domestic violence. Whenever you witness violent behavior, do not talk yourself out of it or start questioning your own observations. Instead, respect your intuition when it tells you that something is wrong or that someone is in danger.
Lend an Ear
Most importantly, you need to lend an ear to someone who confides in you that they are a victim of domestic violence. Delicately listen to the victim without judging them and believe what they are telling you. You can also inquire about how you can be of help to them.
If you ever witness an abuse, document what you see. This may include writing down every unacceptable behavior, injuries, dates, time, and location where they took place. This may also include things you have heard or read on social media and text.
Besides, you can hire background check services to screen the abuser and see if they have a past criminal record. A background check is also an important tool to help you reveal the true identity of the person suspected to commit domestic violence.
You can then present this information to your victim and give them a perspective of what is happening to them. You can also present it to the police to help with reports and court cases.
Get the Word Out
Use your connections and resources to raise awareness of domestic violence in your community. Besides starting a grassroots campaign, you can also help other domestic violence organizations or local shelters to get the word out.
In most cases, victims of domestic violence do not even realize that they are being abused. You, therefore, need to take the necessary steps to prevent or stop domestic violence as you could potentially save a life. When you know someone that is a victim of violence, make sure you get help by contacting the police or domestic violence groups.