One out of Three Women Experience Domestic Violence


Wherever you live, someone was murdered and silenced by intimate partner violence. One out of every three women around the world has been beaten and abused at least once in her lifetime, and the person who is abusing her is usually an intimate partner. “Violence against women and girls is a universal problem of epidemic proportions,” says Sue Else, national director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, who is an expert in the field of domestic violence issues for more than two decades. Susan B. Carbon, director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women says, “(intimate partner violence) is the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today. It devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development. Violence against women is intimate terrorism, and it’s universal.”

But what happens in our country when a woman is suddenly found beaten or murdered by her partner? The news may give it a back page spot, but more than likely it won’t even get that.  Why do most people ignore the issue when eight to ten women a day are murdered by intimate partners in the United States? Who do you know that has experienced Domestic violence?

Think about what it’s like to be a woman held in fear in her own home, trying to get away from the fierce anger of her 200+ pound male partner. The fear a victim has is almost unimaginable and horribly paralyzing. The shame she feels is often worse than her fear, so often she tells no one, putting herself and her children at further risk.  It’s terrorism of the worst kind, likely happening to someone you know. For so many domestic violence victims, a death warrant results when the victim tries to end the violence. Victims often face the most danger when they attempt to leave their partner.

The cost of domestic violence is considerable in the United States. The women themselves often lose jobs due to partner violence and often can’t keep one long for having to move often to escape further partner abuse.

*1 in 3 women experience physical, mental, and/or emotional abuse by their intimate partner, often referred to as domestic violence or intimate partner violence
*Last year 32,000 lost their jobs due to Domestic Violence absences and on the job harassment
*Which resulted in 8 million days of lost work
*Millions lost in revenue and
*18.5 million mental health visits
*Billions spent in programs that represent the aftermath effects of violence (social services, law enforcement, criminal justice programs, DV programs, etc)
*But most importantly, 2,500 people died last year from Intimate Partner violence and thousands remain missing and unaccounted for.

A 2003 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the costs of intimate partner violence in the U.S. alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion is for direct medical and health care services while productivity losses to businesses account for nearly $1.8 billion. We need to educate others on the issue of domestic violence! This isn’t just a women’s issue. Women and children have the right to be safe, especially in their own homes. A home should be a safe haven for all family members.  As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.”

Read Author Kimberly Hartfield’s A Little Redneck Theologyfor a closer glimpse of domestic violence.

 

New Domestic Violence PSA – “It Rarely Stops” (HD)

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Violences (Photo credit: Erminig Gwenn)

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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