Did you know that 19% of people know a friend or family member that has been the victim of domestic violence? Domestic violence affects over 200 million women and girls each year, meaning that there could be many victims of domestic abuse in your own community. That is why it is very important to know the warning signs of domestic abuse and what you can do to help stop it.
The best way to help stop domestic violence in your community is to know the warning signs. Domestic violence doesn’t always start right away, it can be gradual, and so it is important to know the things to look for in your and your loved ones relationships. If you notice that your partner is becoming more controlling, jealous, or is making threats, these are all red flags of an abuser. Don’t ignore these signs, seek help right away. If you notice a friend who has a partner with these warning signs, reach out. If they confide in you that they are experiencing domestic abuse, listen without judgment, and ask them how you can help. If they let you know they are trying to leave, help them form a plan and offer help with transportation or with setting up new phones and bank accounts.
Even if you don’t know a friend or loved one who is experiencing domestic violence, there are still many things you can do to help stop domestic violence in your community. Many local organizations offer resources to educate others on the dangers of domestic violence. Donating to these organizations can help them continue educating the community and help lessen the prevalence of domestic abuse. Refusing to support content that glorifies violence can help stop the spread of dangerous content, and help support content that educates others.
There are many other steps you can take to help stop domestic violence in your community. Learn more about this in the infographic below: