According to domestic violence. org, ever since 1987, October has been the month where domestic violence and its victims are observed. The color for domestic violence awareness is purple. As a whole, we like to link domestic violence to one area and that is the physical one. Domestic violence has many different levels, though.
Domestic violence can be violent or aggressive behavior. In most cases, the abuse takes place in a private setting to prevent exposure of abuse. Domestic violence is real and in fact is a slow “death sentence.” Many who have experienced abusive behavior are familiar with the signs of abuse due to childhood trauma.
It is important to stay alert and know the signs for domestic violence or abuse. The sign are isolation from friends, family and social events; fear- driven or submissive behavior towards a partner; unexplained or frequent injuries such as bruises, scratches or burns and personality changes, such as a loss of confidence or sudden quietness. I cannot stress this enough; pay close attention to red flags or warning signs of a partner, such as jealousy, possessiveness, unpredictability, bad temper, controlling behavior, threats, humiliation or rigid beliefs.
If you know someone that is suffering from abuse, pull them to the side and just listen if they talk about what’s going on in their lives. Give them different ideas along with resources for help. If you or anyone you know is going through domestic violence, please feel free to contact 24-hour hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text START to 88788 or check out their website at thehotline.org.