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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou
Everyone should feel safe in their own home. It should be the one place where you are not questioned where you are safe to be yourself. For survivors of domestic violence, there is no at peace at home. There is no ‘safe’ at home.
Domestic violence or abuse comes in many forms. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, sexual and physical. It can include hitting, slapping, pushing, restraining, preventing you from walking away or leaving, name calling, insults, threats, intimidation and coercion.
Domestic Violence can occur in any intimate relationship and often victims of domestic violence feel it is their fault and that they can somehow change what is happening to them. It is not your fault and you are not responsible for your partner’s abusive behavior.
Some facts about domestic violence:
- It is not caused by alcohol or drugs. While substance misuse may make the violence worse it does not cause the violence and perpetrators of domestic violence who misuse substances need both substance abuse counseling and a batterer’s intervention program.
- It is not caused by anger. Perpetrators of domestic violence do not have anger issues. They tend to only be violent with their partner and the children living in the home. Often they do not act violently in public.
- Annually 3.3 to 10 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
- Slightly more than half of female victims of domestic violence live in the home with a child under the age of 12.
- A woman’s chances of being murdered by her partner increase by 75% when attempts to leave the relationship.
- On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.
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For more information about domestic violence and its impact visit www.endabuse.org. Because of the prevalence of domestic violence in our society the Lee Conlee House is available to provide support and safety planning for victims of domestic violence & sexual assault in Putnam County 24 hours a day/7 days a week through our 24 hours crisis line 386-325-3141
All of our services are confidential and free of charge.
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