Domestic violence is an epidemic that is grossly spreading all over the world at alarming rates. The local news of every city in the country reports weekly, if not daily, of this horrific abuse. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention created a survey called The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The NISVS is an ongoing survey that collects the most current national and state level data on intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking victimization in the United States. The goal of the CDC is to collect the most recent data on these important topics and enhance violence prevention efforts. The CDC reports that every minute, 20 people are abused by a partner in the United States. The rates of domestic violence rates are alarming.
The above is just a very small snapshot of the statistics surrounding this specific type of violence. We can’t forget the long-term emotional pain, or the physical pain that the victims of this abuse face. Sadly, many suffer in silence due to shame, embarrassment and not knowing where to turn to get the help that is needed. Unfortunately, domestic violence has become so common place, that we know of at least one person suffering in this situation or maybe it is you, who is enduring this pain alone. Victims of domestic violence need to know that they are not alone and there is nothing at all to be ashamed of! The priority is that you get the proper assistance to separate yourself from the unhealthy situation and most importantly to a safe place. For anyone suffering quietly, it’s time to break the silence because there is plenty of support available to you by people who are trained to assist during these sensitive times and provide love, not judgment.
Elissa Boudreaux is the founder of X-Posed Domestic Violence Organization, the catalyst in communities for prevention, support and awareness of the inter-generational cycle of domestic abuse. Boudreaux will be speaking at the “Heal the City” event next month, where she will discuss types, signs, symptoms, causes, and effects. As a survivor herself, she will go over the cycle of domestic violence, the power and control wheel as well as the equality wheel, in addition to her short testimony of how she’s still standing.
If you or someone you love has been affected by domestic violence, then the “Heal The City” event in Fort Lauderdale on June 24, 2017 is the right place for you. Heal The City Fort Lauderdale is from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. EDT, and is being hosted by Laurinda Andujar. Additional information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heal-the-city-fort-lauderdale-tickets-25591809792. Come out to this free event, get educated and loved on! We would love to see you there!
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