Domestic Abuse Intervention
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Nearly all of us have been bullied at some time in our lives, at least briefly, usually as kids by other kids. Too many of us have experienced domestic abuse of some type, whether still in school or well beyond. It’s time to put a stop to it, and that takes all of us supporting each other.
Domestic abuse isn’t always violent, but it is always damaging. It can range from psychological abuse to physical abuse. The person being abused feels trapped and powerless, and has been made to believe that there is no way out. Keep in mind, it’s not always women who are the victims. Though less common, there are men out there who are experiencing domestic abuse, sometimes from a woman, sometimes from another man. Those in the beauty industry are in a unique position for recognizing the signs of abuse and helping to stop it.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline website tells us that domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence (IVP) or relationship abuse and “is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.”
An abuser uses unhealthy methods of keeping another person in the relationship and under their control. These methods can include using coercion and threats, intimidation, controlling the money, making their partner think they are crazy, isolating them from others (because others will recognize the abuse and try to intervene), using children as leverage against them, and even blaming the victim and telling them that they made the abuser do these abusive things to them. The list goes on. If you’ve ever been the recipient of any type of domestic abuse (and I hope you have gotten out of it), then you understand the hopelessness and despair these people are feeling. We should all learn to recognize the signs and know how to help.
If you are concerned for someone you believe may be experiencing abuse, you probably want to help but may not know how to go about it. Here are a few tips:
Below are some websites listed which have lots of information for recognizing abusive relationships, how to help yourself or others, where to find help, and even where to find safety. Please visit these and other sites and prepare yourself to help someone who needs it. You could be their only avenue toward help, safety and peace.
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