Domestic violence (DV) transcends age, race, gender, education, socioeconomic status, physical/mental abilities. There are a lot of voiceless victims of DV out there, but we’re lucky to live in a country(USA) where the topic is not taboo anymore. Resources are available for victims when they’re ready to escape.
In some cultures DV is taboo and condoned by societal mores, religious beliefs, poverty…Even when these women emigrate to more open societies, they tend to carry their cultural “baggage” with them. They can be mainstreamed in other areas of their lives, but they will cling to an abusive relationships
— particularly if the abuser shares the same cultural background —because they have witnessed their mothers, grandmothers, neighbors etc…being abused with no recourse and no consequences to the abuser. Sometimes these women can no longer define what is considered abuse.
I found the great link below from The National Domestic Violence Hotline:
I have worked with and advocated for women battling domestic violence…This type of abuse leads to poverty, despair and DISEASE. The NO MORE ads caught my eyes and I’ve been exploring their site. Great source of information and resources. Domestic violence does not always kill with a weapon, but it’s a killer nonetheless. Get out sisters…
Survey links Domestic Violence to chronic diseases in women.