Anyone can be a victim! Public Safety Organization (PSO) knows that domestic violence victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and every study shows they are more neglected. Sadly, most children in these homes know about the violence, even while relatives, close friends and co-workers are unaware. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they generally have emotional and behavior problems.
Most children in these homes know about the violence. Parents may think children do not know about the violence, but most of the time children often know what happened. They can feel helpless, scared and upset. Worse, they may also feel like the violence is all their fault.
Violence in the home is dangerous for children. Children live with scary noises, yelling and hitting. They are afraid for their parents and themselves. Children feel bad that they cannot stop the abuse. If they try to stop the fight, they can be hurt. While children can also be hurt by things that are thrown or weapons that are used, they are harmed just by seeing and hearing the violence.
Even though domestic violence affects more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined, research shows that most of us wouldn’t know what to say to a friend that is in need. The most important thing you can do is to let her know she has support and that there are resources available to help her get safe.
More than 830,000 men fall victim to domestic violence every year. A man is the victim of domestic abuse every 37.8 seconds in America. These numbers are not inconsequential and the frequency is far from insignificant.
PSO knows that domestic violence is not about gender, size, or strength. It’s about control, power, and abuse. Victims need to get out of dangerous situations and get help, whether you are a woman being abused, or a man.