your week off right by making a difference each Monday, even if that is
just to pin, tweet, or share to pass this information on.
How well do you know your friends home life?
Would you know if your good friend or close co-worker lived in fear every day?
Blogher shared a story about #WomensLives recently and one fact startled me:
|photo credit: www.alliancedomesticviolenceshelter.org|
One in four women will experience
domestic violence in her lifetime.
Most domestic violence cases
are never reported to the police. These woman live in fear and shame, but they are no different than any of us. Having lived in fear myself, I understand that it is not easy to speak up about or see that things can change without worse harm to themselves or worse, their children. These woman are not weak.
Some may not even realize they are being
abused. They may think their treatment is not bad enough to be considered abuse if they don’t have black eyes or broken bones or they think they somehow deserved it. But, being pushed or physically handled in any aggressive way is abuse. There’s also mental abuse that can do just as much damage, sometimes more so.
What is abuse?
The HelpGuide says “The most telling sign is fear of your partner.
If you feel like you have
to walk on eggshells around your partner—constantly watching what you
say and do in order to avoid a blow-up—chances are your relationship is
unhealthy and abusive. Other signs that you may be in an abusive
relationship include a partner who belittles you or tries to control
you, and feelings of self-loathing, helplessness, and desperation.”
10 common signs of abuse per the Joyful Heart foundation
There is help
If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, get help.