For as long as I can remember, I have always thought the typical screaming between two people who were in love, dating, or even married were normal. It was as I began to get older that I then noticed that everything about it was very wrong. No, it was not ok, and no, it was not normal. This was a serious situation, this was Domestic Violence.
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused and even denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior which involves violence, or other abuse by one person against another person in a domestic context, such as in marriage, or cohabitation. Intimate violence is domestic violence against a spouse or other intimate partners.
This pain does not discriminate. It happens among heterosexual couples and in same sex partnerships. It varies from all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. Although women are commonly victimized, men are also abused, especially verbally and emotionally, even physically at times.
The History of Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is unfortunately as timeless as history. However, it can be said that this violent act dates back far in time, from German concentration camps, aboard North American – bound slave ships, even in WWII. Inferior people were always taken advantage of by those more dominant in society. This is still how things are portrayed today. Woman have suffered tyrannical men for centuries.
Domestic Violence in the Public Eye
There have been many stories of domestic abuse making headlines over the past few months. From football star Ray Rice to Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar Pistorius. Yes, it is a coincidence that these two cases are in the public eye at the same time. Thousands of miles away from one another. Although these cases are totally different (one case being domestic murder, and one being domestic assault) they both have the same common cause, Domestic Abuse. Many people tend to forget that just because celebrities have such a huge public following or social status, aside from all of this they are simply human beings. Domestic violence isn’t excluded from one’s life because of the amount of money he or she has or because of their popularity. It can happen to anyone.
• 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
• Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
• Women ages 20 -24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
• Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of domestic abuse is murdered by her current or former partner.
Domestic violence is such a common social issue in the United States today, as well as all over the world. This is a very social issue because it has a large negative affect on the victims. Even though domestic violence can be caused by other male or female, it is usually caused by the male due to the large physical advantage.
Georgia’s Domestic Violence Laws
Under Georgia Law, domestic violence primarily includes the following crimes: battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, and stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass, or any felony. The crimes must occur between past or present spouses, persons who are parents and foster children, or others living in your home. If you are arrested for domestic violence, you cannot be bailed out until you appear before a judge (you are required to stay in jail for at least 24 hours).
Penalties for Domestic Violence
The many penalties for domestic encounters in the state of Georgia can become very extensive. The first conviction is punishable as a misdemeanor of a “high and aggravated nature”. This means you could receive a maximum fine of $5,000, a maximum jail sentence of 12 months, or both. Each additional conviction is punishable as a felony. This means you could receive a maximum jail sentence of 5 years.
Today, domestic violence is very common in households, but little is being done to stop it. After researching various articles on this topic I came to the realization that one cannot pinpoint the exact cause for domestic violence. Studies show that one major cause is stress. Things such as being unemployed, the use of drugs, alcoholism, or money issues are issues that causes stress that can lead to abuse.
Domestic Violence thrives when we are silent, but if we begin to speak up and take a stand, we can prevent it from occurring and even better, put an end to it.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month .There are many ways that you all can help out to support this cause. You can make a donation to NNEDV (National Network to End Domestic Violence) in honor of your loved ones who have been impacted by Domestic Violence. You can also wear the color purple. The color purple represents Domestic Violence awareness. There are many domestic abuse shelters in your local area who could you extra help these days, take time out to volunteer for a good cause.
Domestic violence is a huge social issue that is to this day being dealt with on the daily basis, but I feel that there is still a lot more that needs to be done in order to put a stop to it. It continues to damage our society, and our lives. It still allows those who are dominant to take advantage of those who are inferior. It was Darwin’s theory of evolution that stated “Survival of the fittest”, but to what degree moot we take this to? If the messages would come across a little stronger, and the penalties for abuse become a little harsher, it can and will be an excellent way to stop abuse in society today.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence or needs help, please do not hesitate to call a Domestic Violence Hotline, the call is free and can even be kept confidential if you want to remain anonymous. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). You can also check out the State Coalition List – Directory of state offices that can help you find local support, shelter, and free or low-cost legal services. Includes all U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. If there is an emergency do not hesitate to call 911. Please let us take a stand, against those who raise their hands.