It has no gender, ethnic, religion, or sexual preferences . . . it strikes regardless!
Domestic Violence and COVID19 go hand-in-hand. I know them as “twins.” One is no more deadly (toxic) than the next. They both reap with toxicity. With domestic violence on the horizon, we’ll take a peek at its many faces. of (DV). . .
Domestic violence is the flip side of a toxic relationship (masked as): (a) sexual assault; abusive behavior; physical assault; (b) an intimate partner demonstrating power and control against the other.
Question: if one partner is toxic in a relationship, can that relationship continue without the toxic person?
Answer: Of course, not!
Reason Being: The toxic partner’s behavior defines the relationship through control, manipulation, and power.
Question: So why do a non-toxic partner remain in an unhealthy environment?
Answer: For some, there are a few reasons: 1) leaving becomes unimaginable OR they’re hoping to change the controller’s behavior; 2) feeling their toxic partner is the only person who loves them; and/or 3) their self-worth is dependent on their relationship with the partner.
The reality of it all: They may consider themselves a hostage inside the relationship, conscious of the damage but unable to escape.
What I find most damaging: Once that toxic partner takes control, the other doesn’t realize they are in a toxic relationship as a victim or a hostage.
According to the stats from NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN GEORGIA• 35.1% of Georgia women1 and 39.9% of Georgia men2 experience intimate partner physical violence, sexual
violence, and/or stalking.
• In 2013, 29,779 victims were served by Georgia domestic violence services.
• 27 counties in Georgia have no access to domestic violence services. Another 26 counties have very limited
access. . . .
Photos and info courtesy of Sydney-Sims / Front Cover | Info Stats = National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
DID YOU KNOW?
• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an
• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, 15 calls per minute.
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
• Abusers’ access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner femicide at least five-fold. When firearms
have been used in the most severe abuse incident, the risk increases 41-fold . . .
Word of caution: Don’t become a prisoner to those who choose to control you.
Need Help: Contact the NDV Hotline = 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)