How Victims of Domestic Violence Can Get Help Online
Domestic violence is a serious problem anywhere in the world. It is considered an epidemic that continues to affect women, men and children. Many are not reported to authorities leaving victims in a state of depression and worse, on the verge of suicide.
In the U.S., the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that nearly 20 people on the average are physically abused (assaulted or beaten) by an intimate partner every minute. In a year's time, this figure can add up to more than 10 million women and men. The organization added that one in three women and one in four men have been victims of domestic violence by an intimate partner (current or former spouse or boyfriend) within their lifetime. What's more alarming is that three women get killed every day due to domestic violence while more than 40 percent of female murder victims were killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
According to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), intimate partner violence is the single greatest cause of injury particularly to women. It added that majority of marriages are at risk of having some of form of violence. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that physical abuse will occur in two-thirds of all marriages.
Victims in the U.S. are fortunate as they can turn to various organizations that provide services. It's very important that whenever one is abused physically, sexually or emotionally, he or she should not hesitate to seek help instead of sulking and keeping the problem to one's self. It's okay to be tolerant sometimes but when your physical being and psychological health are at in danger, it's best to take action and call authorities for assistance.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) is available round the clock free of charge and provides immediate assistance to victims. Its hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) is manned by highly-trained and experienced advocates who offer support through crisis intervention information and referral services in various languages. A non-profit organization, The Hotline is part of a nationwide network of programs focused on sharing insight on domestic violence.
The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center (AODVC) provides services that aim to save the lives of Americans experiencing domestic violence abroad. It has an internationally toll-free hotline that can be reached round the clock, every day of the year. It can be accessed through the AT&T USADirect 866-USWOMEN (879-6636). The Crisis Center serves abused Americans in both civilian and military populations located overseas.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline is manned by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network or RAINN, considered the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S. It can be reached by dialing 800-656-HOPE and every call is free of charge. Together with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service, it provides across the U.S., it implements programs aimed at preventing sexual violence, helping victims and ensuring that perpetrators are punished. Since 1994, the organization has helped more than 2.4 million people.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been in existence for more than 20 years and is on a mission to educate people and help others by providing comprehensive information and preventing the occurrence of domestic violence. It regularly conducts trainings through public education activities and providing awareness materials via its online store. Its hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Domestic violence can happen to anybody regardless of age, gender, race, religion, profession and socio-economic background. It can take various forms - physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological or a combination and women are the majority of victims more than men. When your partner starts to show an abusive behavior to gain control over you, it's time to be extra cautious. If he becomes violent, take action right away.