October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Why it is important to be aware of it?
Domestic violence hurts a victim physically and emotionally. While black eye, marks and sometimes life threatening injuries are visible signs of physical violence, the psychological effects are far reaching.
•Domestic violence crushes the soul of victims because perpetrator is an individual or a set of individuals who are supposed to love, care, protect, support and share life.
•Humiliation and disgrace prevents victims to talk about it and in turn victims may lose self respect and dignity.
•Trust and mutual respect between partners and families are the foundations of the social fabric and value system. Is it possible for partners to develop and maintain mutual respect living under constant threat of physical and/or emotional abuse?
To my surprise, in the USA, twenty five percent women experience domestic violence at some stage of their lives. The numbers are alarmingly high. The numbers are similar for South Asian (Indian) community in the USA. The problem cuts across socioeconomic, race, education, profession and financial status lines. I would not be surprised if all of us know someone who is (was) a victim at some stage.
Are you aware of the extent of domestic violence in your community, state and/or country?
Are we building the right society by adequately addressing it?
A beautiful poem by a fellow blogger on the same subject.