As a follow up to last week’s post on verbal and physical abuse…
Over 2,100,000 women in America are assaulted by men each year. 35% of all emergency room calls are related to domestic violence. Over half of the people who abuse their partners also abuse their children.
The largest factor for transmitting violence from one generation to the next is a child seeing the father abuse the mother. Just over 50% of female victims of domestic abuse live in homes with children under the age of 12. The video above shows the reaction of someone seeing himself perform an act of abuse.
Domestic abuse rarely stops. Note: This video is somewhat graphic.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline receives over 700,000 calls a day.
Family violence costs the nation $5-$10 billion each year. This costs is related to medical expenses, police and court costs. shelters, and foster care. It does not take into account the costs of counseling or other mental health needs.
The problem extends to Europe as well; 1/3 of the women in the 28 countries in the European Union suffer abuse. This estimates that approximately 62 million women have suffered physical or sexual assault.
“Isn’t it time someone yelled cut” Domestic abuse needs to be stopped. What can you do in your community to raise more awareness about domestic abuse? What can you do to help victims of abuse? What needs to be done for people in your family to get help? What is your church doing to support victims of abuse? The time to help is now, we do not need to idly sit by and watch as violence happens. We as Christians need to stand up for the truth, for human equality, and we need to take a stand against domestic abuse. We need to reach out to victims and help them find hope!!
For more information on abuse in the E.U. read: http://world.time.com/2014/03/05/study-one-third-of-e-u-women-suffer-abuse/
For more information on domestic violence stats in the U.S. read: http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics/