Domestic violence is very well alive. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.
Who Does It Affect
Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individual in every community. It occurs regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Frequently, it is accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior. These actions are only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. It is time to break the cycle of domestic violence.
Both women and men can be victims of domestic violence. Research shows that the violence experienced by women is different in nature, severity and consequence from the violence experience by men. The intensity and severity of violence used by men is more extreme and more likely to include physical violence, threats and harassment. Female victims of domestic violence experience more serious psychological consequences than male victims and are much more likely to feel afraid of their partners. Women are 4 times as likely to experience potentially lethal violence and five times as likely to report that they feared for their lives.
It is important that organizations make resources and assistance available to those persons (both men and women) who are victims of domestic violence. Our organization, The Faces Behind the Purpose for You is an organization (501c3) that offers an array of services to victims of domestic abuse. We also have readily available resources for immediate family members who have been adversely impacted as result of domestic violence. Our assistance is confidential. We offer a safe house environment to allow for each person to feel safe and secure. The Faces Behind the Purpose for you has aided and assisted several local families and one family in Houston, Texas. Please feel free to contact Intake at 804.729.2229 for a confidential screening.
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