When one hears about abuse in terms of relationships, it is likely that an image of a battered wife comes to mind. However, current research points to changing trends when it comes to domestic violence. Due to the shift in society away from traditional marriages, California residents may not be aware that the perpetrators of such abuse is more likely to be an unmarried partner.
Abusive behavior in the home is nothing new and neither is the reluctance for others to talk about it. However, sharing stories of domestic violence may help other victims find the courage to make a change for themselves and their loved ones. This is a widespread social problem that affects countless families here in California.
Tragically, the news media frequently features a story that portrays the violent end of an abusive relationship. After another such deadly incident in California, community members were urged to become educated about the possible signs of domestic violence. There are several indicators that friends and family should be aware of that may encourage a victim to choose to seek help.
The recent news concerning a top White House official who allegedly engaged in abusive behavior towards his now-former wives shocked countless people. However, there are common misconceptions concerning domestic violence that need to be dispelled in order to help victims and break the cycle. There may be numerous California residents who are currently suffering some form of abuse who are in need of assistance and guidance to protect themselves.
In many ways, a university located in a city or town is more than an institution for learning. It often plays a broader role of helping to educate the greater community about important social issues such as the problems posed by domestic violence. There are many such universities throughout California that help support community outreach programs within their geographic locations.
According to a victim advocate, the main reason many victims stay in an abusive relationship is because they lack financial security. One woman recently started up a program that helps domestic violence victims learn to become entrepreneurs and make a new life for themselves and their children. The program is currently available in three California communities with plans to broaden its reach in the future.
Statistics report that up to an estimated 10 million children may be exposed to violence in the home on a yearly basis. Studies show that these children are at a higher risk for developing serious emotional and behavioral problems due to witnessing domestic violence. Several years ago, an initiative was started in California that is now being replicated throughout the country to help reverse the damage inflicted.
As many California residents are aware, October is the month set aside for many social concerns such as breast cancer awareness and fire prevention. However, another important issue that is not talked about as often is domestic violence. Almost every week, the media reports on the serious injury or death of another victim lost to this senseless abuse.
No relationship is ever perfect. However, while most adults and couples work through their difficulties without undue upheaval, many relationships are destroyed by domestic violence. Anyone in California who is struggling with this issue has the right to seek experienced help.
Those who work in the public sector often face intense situations that call for calm reasoning in an effort to diffuse the volatile emotions involved. When these circumstances involve allegations of domestic violence, the fallout on both a victim's and an alleged perpetrator's life can have lasting consequences. Recently, one California official has had to face his own trial by fire.