Prevent Domestic Violence Before It Is Too Late

LeahO By LeahO, 28th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Prevention of domestic violence is the most important way we can stop violence in our community. Many people do not understand that domestic violence is both physical and emotional. Use this article to prevent domestic violence and bully behavior before it is too late.

Stop Domestic Violence And Bullies With Prevention

A peaceful, loving home is a right we expect to grow up with. Unfortunately some people use violence at home to control their family. This is called Domestic Violence. Most people think victims of domestic violence are obvious to spot because they often have bruises and broken bones. However abuse can also be emotional. Your abuser at home may use hurtful words and be manipulative or put your health and life in danger. They may control you with money and refuse to allow you access to money. They will convince you that you are wrong and they are right. This is not acceptable behavior.

Empowered girls are NOT victims. You are STRONG and BRAVE. When you fight back and defend yourself YOU ARE A SURVIVOR.

There are options if someone at home is hurting you. There are resources in your community that can stop your abuser. Your first step is to tell someone. This may seem terrifying because you are afraid your abuser will find out and get mad at you. But it is a step you must take before anyone can help you. Tell someone you trust such as a friends parent, a teacher, a coach, a counselor, a neighbor or a relative. If you keep quiet the abuse will continue.

Domestic Violence National Hotline
1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224

No person has the right to hit you or verbally abuse you.
Not your parents, your siblings, your teacher, your coach your friends or anyone.
Your life matters. YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

Domestic violence can spill out into everyday life for children. Bullies are often abused at home and take that abuse out on other children at school. This is a problem that affects everyone, not just the victim and abuser. If other girls or boys bother you, tell your parents, a teacher or a counselor. Bullies are a real problem that affect millions of girls and boys. Sometimes it gets so bad that the person who is bullied and tormented tries to hurt themselves so they don't have to be around the bully. Hurting yourself will not make your problem go away. If you feel suicidal, talk to someone. You are not alone. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. There are people who would miss you so much if you took your life.

National Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-784-2433

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Abuse, Abuser, Advice, Assault, Bully, Bullying, Bullying Others, Control, Death From Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Prevention, Survivor, Victim, Violence

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author avatar LeahO
Leah is an artist, fundraiser and activist in Southern California. Her background includes work with foster and homeless youth, domestic violence, sexual assault and environmental protection.

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author avatar Jimmy Kopelia
29th Dec 2011 (#)

I want to congratulate the author of this great article about domestic violence. Violence at home is very problem around the world. Not only lead to disintegration of a family but It also lead to problems such Child Slavery, Paedophile and more abuses.
If Domestic violence is at home, The children tend to runaway and find themselves lonely in the street exposed to evil people.

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author avatar LeahO
30th Dec 2011 (#)

Great point Jimmy. Like all our actions, violence as a ripple effect on every person in the world.
I worked in domestic abuse and it was very sad to see ho far the abuse of people spilled into so much of their own life, their kids, relatives, friends, neighbors, counselors and me.

I learned so much in that field that I was exhausting, but I am better off pretending it doesn't exist when it so clearly does!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
31st Dec 2011 (#)

So true. Bless you for writing this. Well done! :-)

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author avatar LeahO
31st Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Bridgitte. My work with victims helped me realize I would be even better if I worked in prevention.

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