Fortunately, As far as i know, none of my close friends or family members has been a victim of domestic violence. Apparently I am in the minority since three out of four Americans know someone has has been a victim! I also found it alarming that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime! I had no idea that number was so high!
Financial security is the number one predictor of whether a domestic violence victim will get free and stay free from abuse. For every #Tweet4YWCA tweet, $1 will be donated to the YWCA to support economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors, up to $75,000. Help us reach our goal by tweeting as many times as you can by July 16.
I think a lot of people wonder why victims don’t just get up and leave the situation.
Leaving an abusive situation often increases risk.
- Batterers escalate in their assaultive and coercive behaviors when the victim is trying to separate.
- The majority of homicides occur when the victim has left the abuser or is attempting to leave.
- The risk of being assaulted or stalked at the workplace increases as this may be the one place the batterer knows where to find the victim.
Also, the victim may not have the financial means to leave. Besides just needing a new, safe place to live, the might have to try to find a new job as well. That idea can be scary for someone who is living paycheck to paycheck. The devastation of leaving a home, income, benefits and economic security behind are all scenarios that all victims of domestic violence must overcome.
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