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Domestic Violence: Know the Facts

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Even though domestic violence is one of the most common forms of violence in America, the awareness month doesn’t get as much attention as other topics.

Every nine seconds, a woman is assaulted or beaten by a partner. However, very few leave or file a report against their partner. It’s important to be aware of the signs of domestic violence to ensure that both you and your loved ones aren’t in an abusive relationship.

If you or someone you know experiences the following signs of domestic violence, contact authorities immediately.

1. Frequent injuries, such as unexplained bruises, cuts, cigarette burns, etc. The injuries are often explained as an accident.

2. Loss of self worth and lowered self esteem

3. Depression

4. Increased anxiety

5. Anxiousness when communicating with a significant other

What to do about Domestic Violence

If you suspect a loved one is in an abusive relationship, first bring the issue up to them. Ask direct, closed-ended questions to avoid them making excuses. If you’re in an abusive relationship and feel that you are in immediate danger, contact law enforcement. There are also many support networks, including: