The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

October 9, 2013

Domestic violence

October reminds us that despite numerous outreach programs and help organizations, domestic violence continues to cast a shadow on thousands of homes across the United States and beyond.

According to the Women’s Resource Center website, domestic violence can be committed by a family or household member, a boyfriend or significant other, often with the goal of control over the victim. The tactics that are often used against the victim include psychological or emotional, social, financial, physical or sexual abuse.

Rarely, is there just one victim when violence in the home is concerned. The sight of a mother becoming a victim to violence can, in turn, scar and make a victim of the children in the home.

Silence must never be used in hope that a situation will go away. Anyone who suspects domestic violence is occurring in their own or their neighbor’s home must speak up — and the sooner the better. The consequences of home violence outweigh any other impact that speaking up could possibly bring.

We must think of the victim, the victim’s children,  family members, neighbors and friends. Acts of violence can have far-reaching effects.

According to the Children of Domestic Violence (CDV.org) website, approximately 275 million children experience domestic violence worldwide annually; of those, 5 million experience it in the United States each year and over 40 million adults in the United States grew up in homes where there was domestic violence.

Worse, further research gathered by the CDV reports that children who have experienced domestic violence are 50 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, are six times more likely to commit suicide; and, children raised in violent homes are 74 more times likely to commit other crimes against other people than children who were not.

Acts of violence today can adversely impact others in the future. That could be tomorrow, a month from now or even years. That is why silence when violence in the home is suspected must never be an option.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or suspect someone is in a bad situation, it is important that you contact someone immediately. If you are in immediate danger, simply call 911. Locally you can contact the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Raleigh County for additional help at 304-255-2559 for further assistance.

The WRC’s website, www.wrcwv.org, has other resources to help fight domestic violence . The website for the Children of Domestic Violence is CDV.org. View more resources at www.nomore.org and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence at www.ncadv.org.

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