Domestic violence: We need to start talking

Picture four women in your life. This can be your mom, sister, daughter, niece, friend, etc. Now out of those four women you’ve pictured, one of them will be a victim of domestic violence. Domestic violence is an issue in and of itself, but we need to think of ways to start to making women feel more comfortable when talking about it.

In the United States, 60 percent of domestic violence cases are never reported to the police. Some of these women don’t even know they are in a violent relationship, and others are too scared to reach out for help. The only way to break these statistics is to start talking.

Domestic violence is intimidation, physical assault, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a pattern of power and control committed by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical, sexual, psychological violence and/or emotional abuse. The rate and severity at which domestic violence can occur can vary immensely; however, the constant in this scenario is one partner’s consistent attempts to maintain power and control over the other.

As a community, we have limited support for women who need to reach out but can’t. We must start making our domestic violence stories more talked about and begin to see the signs of violent relationships for the people around us. By talking about domestic violence with each other we can start to break that 60 percent that I mentioned earlier.

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