We can never have enough resources to provide treatment, intervention and prevention of domestic violence. Regretfully we need them. It would be terrific if one day we discovered a cure for violence. That is not going to happen, at least not in our life time. All we can do is continue to heal our own wounds and not tolerate violence in our lives. Teach our children how to deal with conflict without resorting to some form of violence.
I am adding a new resource for domestic violence which lists 101 agencies that provide assistance, education, and legal services if you or someone you know is involved in a violent relationship. Many of these agencies include assistance to those of childhood abuses.
Meet our blogger, Amanda Body, a social worker for Child Protective Services in Jefferson County, developed this list of domestic violence resources. Go to Emergency & Recovery Resources to learn more.
Domestic violence is handed down from one generation to the next. We learn early in life how to cope with violence. Sometimes I believe we have become immune to it, so much so that when someone cries for help we ignore it. Justifying that it is not our business to assist.
There is always a risk in reaching out to someone in need. Getting involved in someone’s domestic disputes can put you in harms way. To remain out of harms way is easy, simply pick up the phone and call the emergency services, report the violence anonymously and leave it in the professionals hands.
Know this, one call will not end it. The violence continues, on average it takes at least 17 attempts for a woman to leave a violent relationship. Yes, at least 17 times. Without help she will return, he will stalk her, and the cycle continues. Many times she will not get the chance to leave, he will kill her.
Victim is a disease, a state of mind, there is no cure, only treatment. It can be arrested, but without on going support, victims return to what is familiar. It will feel strange to live without violence, verbal and physical. It takes time to learn how to adjust to a life without danger. Years, not just a few days.
Visit the Emergency & Recovery Resources Page to find the resources to help you understand the impact domestic violence and childhood abuse has on you or your loved one.
Without help it is too much to over come. You do not have to live this journey alone. Visit my Services Page to learn how I may be of service to you.
If you have a service or resource you would like to share, contact me with the information.