The other month I came across a very moving poem by Nomad Speaks called “Dear Sister” which addresses the issue of domestic violence.
Here in the UK and across the world, domestic abuse is a big issue. It knows no boundaries, affecting women of every culture, religion, race and ethnicity. Young and old, it doesn’t matter to an abuser. Just take a look at these stats on the situation here in the UK:
- Every week across England and Wales, on average two women are killed by their partner
- Every hour the police on average receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse
- In 2015/2016, 83.3% of victims were women (where gender was recorded)
Yes, it’s a widespread issue. Which is why any means to empower women (and male victims) is all the more welcome. Check out the great poem here:
Now remember, domestic abuse takes many forms. It’s not just physical violence. It’s also words, it’s dominating and demeaning behaviour – in short, it’s ultimately his attempt to control you and disempower you.
Domestic abuse can include:
- Sexual abuse: rape and/or coercion, forcing you to participate in sexual activities
- Financial abuse: demanding your wages, not letting you spend your own money
- Spiritual abuse: forbidding you to pray, go to church, practice your faith etc.
- Physical abuse: beating, hitting, burning, hair pulling etc.
- Emotional and psychological abuse: insulting you, demeaning you, making you feel you are worthless etc.
- Stalking and harrassment
So, if you know anyone at risk, remember wounds aren’t always physical – there’s other ways they may be suffering.
For more information please visit Womens Aid.
Lastly, for brothers in need, please contact the Men’s Advice Line.
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