With the recent, unfortunate news reports regarding certain NFL players and their pending charges of domestic abuse, the issue of violence against women and children has been thrust into the limelight once again. Though these stories can be somewhat horrifying, it is important for these instances to be revealed as they get the public to once again acknowledge that these problems still exist. Unfortunately, until celebrities are involved, little attention is given to what could be called an epidemic in this country. Intimate partner violence statistics are staggering in this country and with such widespread numbers, almost 5 million women report experiencing domestic violence each year in the US, its likely that someone around you is a victim themselves. Recognizing the signs of intimate partner violence is just one step towards getting help for these trapped and abused women. Telltale signs of physical and emotional abuse include:
- Bruises and marks that are indicative of uncommon injuries. Black eyes, bruises around the neck, wrists and upper arms all are signs of someone grabbing, throwing or punching the victim.
- In-congruent explanations of recurring bruising or injuries. Victims of violence often try to explain away their marks by offering up excuses such as being clumsy or accident-prone. however, the seriousness of the injury often does not match the explanation.
- Increasing level of isolation. Victims of domestic violence are often pulled away from their support system of friends and family. If she continues to become more and more home-bound and cuts off relationships without cause, it is a possible sign of control and manipulation on the part of her partner.
- The need to ask permission. Battered women are often afraid to do things with or talk to people in fear of upsetting their partner.
- Financial dependency. Women in abusive relationships are often made dependent upon their abuser as they are often not allowed to work or have money or credit cards.
Our books on domestic and child abuse are meant to facilitate the healing and growth of both adult and child survivors of abuse. Our resources page is also intended to aid in the personal welfare of any person who needs help with ending the cycle that abuse victims often find themselves trapped within.