Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is More Common Than You Think

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Domestic Violence | 0 comments

As more cases of workplace harassment come forward, a large section of the American population is waking up to the pervasiveness of harassment. It’s important to highlight at the top here that this issue of harassment should not be seen as a political issue or in the framework of exclusively men harassing exclusively women. These issues are pervasive throughout the society, which means they come in all stripes, across all political lines, and can affect anyone.

While America continues to learn more about workplace harassment, I’d like here to start a conversation about another important issue: domestic violence. This is perhaps almost as large an issue as sexual harassment at work. In fact, according to the law firm Marshall & Taylor PLLC, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical abuse from a partner.

(Again, it is worth pointing out here how common this is for both sexes.)

According to the US Department of Justice, 1.3% of women and 0.9% of men report domestic violence every year. How many people are in your town? 10,000? That means 130 women and 90 men had to deal with domestic violence in your town last year. How many people are in your office building? 500? That means 5 women and 5 men came to work to your building after experiencing domestic violence last year.

Over the course of a lifetime, nearly 25% of women experience domestic violence at least once. That is according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the Justice Department found that 22% of women and 7% of men reported physical violence from a current or former partner.

How many women do you know in your life? A quarter of them have or will experience this problem. How many men do you know? Almost 1 in 10 will experience it.

With numbers like that, it is clear that this could very well be the next issue to blow up a number of prominent careers. Almost certainly, in the world of celebrity, a reasonably large percentage of people have been guilty of domestic violence, just as they have been of sexual harassment.

But that should not be the beginning or the end of the conversation. Outing abusers in Hollywood makes for great headlines and raises awareness, but most of those who are suffering both from sexual harassment and from domestic abuse don’t have names that will earn a headline. They are the ones who truly need help.

If you or someone you know who has experienced or is experiencing domestic violence, please get help first and then come forward. We can do a lot for each other simply by taking the momentum from recent headlines and bringing that movement to our own streets. Men and women who have been harassed and abused should no longer feel afraid to step forward. There are many here to support you.

Let’s do what it takes to wipe out those awful statistics.

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