Did you know that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime? October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and I want to let you in on a little secret of mine. I am one of those statistics. My first marriage was not the best; I started dating my ex-husband when I was 16 years old, and the abuse started soon after that and lasted our whole relationship of 13 years. I was young, naive and thought I could change him, that it wasn’t his fault. If I would have done what he wanted me to do, say, etc. that he wouldn’t have hit me. It wasn’t just the physical abuse; there was a lot of mental abuse also.
The violence happened whenever his mood would strike, we could be driving, I would be holding one of our children in my arms. It didn’t matter, he did what he wanted when he wanted. No one in my family knew what was going on, or at least never asked me. I would paste on that fake smile, and if there were a bruise that could be seen (he tried never to hit me where people would see a mark), I would blame it on something else. The trips to the ER were countless, and towards the end the cops were called a few times, but I never pressed charges. As I am sitting here writing this, I don’t know how I lived through the violence. I blamed myself, over and over. I even left him 2 times, and he swore he would change, never touch me again. I felt like I needed to stay in our marriage because of our children. I didn’t want them to grow up without both of their parents. I thought I could fix him, just do what he wanted and everything would be okay. But the truth is, there are no fixing people, it wasn’t my fault and my children did not need to grow up in a house like this, seeing their parents fighting and me being abused. So I left him, and we divorced.
That is part of my story; I just wanted you to know that Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, and we need to spread awareness about this. Below are a few facts for you to read.
1. Men are the victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the U.S
2. On a typical day, more than 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide
3. More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes each year
4. Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.
5. More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.
6. Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
7. Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
8. In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, women are killed by a family member or intimate partner
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and you can help spread the word by going purple (the color of Domestic Violence Awareness) by visiting any Verizon store or go online to purchase exclusive purple accessories, like a headset, phone or tablet case, and HopeLine® from Verizon will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
- Domestic violence is a national problem that impacts our communities, neighbors, coworkers, friends and family members.
- HopeLine provides financial support to non-profit domestic violence organizations and agencies that are committed to connecting victims and survivors to vital resources.
- Verizon has a longstanding commitment to domestic violence awareness and prevention, which has been a philanthropic focus since 2001 through the HopeLine program.
- HopeLine collects used wireless phones, chargers, and accessories, and turns them into support for domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations.
- Verizon also donates wireless phones through the HopeLine program, complete with minutes and text messaging, to domestic violence shelters and non-profit organizations for use by victims and survivors.
- HopeLine phones serve as a vital link for survivors and help keep a private line of communication to family, friends and employers.
- Through the HopeLine program, Verizon has donated millions of dollars, thousands of phones and numerous resources to the domestic violence prevention and awareness movement.
- To date, the HopeLine program has collected more than 11.4 million phones and donated more than 190,000 phones!
Help take action against domestic violence by helping HopeLine reach its goal of 1 million phone donations by the end of 2015. Simply drop off your wireless phones, chargers, and accessories, from any carrier, at a Verizon store and help support victims and survivors of domestic violence. And just a reminder, you can support victims and survivors of domestic violence by going purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness. This October, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit any Verizon store or go online to purchase exclusive purple accessories, like a headset, phone or tablet case, and HopeLine® from Verizon will donate $1, up to $100,000, to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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