Thursday, November 20, 2014

Saying NO MORE to Domestic Violence!

by M. J. Joachim

Physical violence is a crime. At least that’s what the lawyers and detectives said when I watched Law and Order Special Victims Unit last night. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,”Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.” But then we already know this because we’ve heard it for as long as we can remember. Is this an excuse or a statistic?
The National Domestic Violence Hotline states that “On average 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States - more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.” So clearly domestic violence isn’t anything uncommon.

The American Bar Association conducted a study back in 1995 and 1996 throughout the United States, including the District of Columbia, which found that “nearly 25% of women and 7.6% of men we’re raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, cohabiting partner, or dating partner/acquaintance at some time in their lifetime (based on survey of 16,000 participants, equally male and female).”

Dare we get into child abuse statistics?

Reports are made every 10 seconds for those.

According to the Administration for Children & Families Children’s Bureau, “All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have child abuse and neglect reporting laws that mandate certain professionals and institutions to report suspected maltreatment to a child protective services (CPS) agency.

How does a country like the United States tolerate such outrageous statistics when it comes to abuse against its own?!

But America is not the only country in the world with domestic violence issues!

A picture says a thousand words. Do we really want to fill our cities and towns with monuments like the Ottawa Women’s Monument in Minto Park, downtown Ottawa, Canada? This monument represents all the women who have been murdered due to domestic violence!

Check out this map of Africa depicting the prevalence of female genitalia mutilation from UNICEF 2013!

UN Women (That’s United Nations, folks!) makes a bold and accurate statement, “Whether at home, on the streets or during war, violence against women is a global pandemic that takes place in public and private spaces.”

Based on the research I’m conducting, there’s no way we will wipe out domestic violence in the near future, or possibly even my lifetime. There is a way, however, that we can turn the tide and make it less tolerable, comfortable and easy to be an abuser who gets away with the violence inflicted on their victims.


Take a stand and insist that others do too! Abuse is so wrong on so many levels! It should never be acceptable in our world!

Please share this and help with our minimal grassroots efforts to take a stand against domestic violence!

Thank you!

M. J.


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