Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Wednesday, 22 February 2023 12:46

 Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Businesscafe - The World Health Organization called violence against women “a global public health problem of epidemic proportion, requiring urgent action.”

In Sri Lanka, it is reported that 1 in 4 women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15.

AUN report estimates that in one recent year, 137 women died each day around the world at the hands of their partner or another family member.

While this article refers to the victim as female, many of the points discussed also apply to male victims too.

For someone who is a victim of domestic abuse, or who knows someone who is, consider the following two suggestions:

1. Do not consider yourself at fault

At times, an abuser’s actions may be influenced by a personality disorder, his family background, or the misuse of alcohol or drugs.

Even so, he is accountable for the way he treats his partner and he is responsible to do what it takes to change his actions. An ancient verse states, “Each of us will render an account for himself to God.”

2. Help is available

If you feel unsafe or do not know where to turn, ask for help.

Why may you need help from others?

Domestic abuse is a complex situation and when deciding how to deal with it, you may struggle to weigh factors that seem to compete with each other.

A trusted friend or family member may be able to provide practical and emotional support.

The Bible says, “There is accomplishment through many advisers.”

Talking to someone who cares for you can make a big difference. You are not alone.

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