Violence (abusive behavior) has become so prevalent that it’s hard to know where to start. While October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we must also address the increasing prevalence of other kinds of violence, such as:
- Bullying – especially by children and teens, but also by adults;
- Cyber-bullying – especially by teens and children;
- Gunshot injuries and homicides – especially by teens and young adults, which includes domestic violence; and
- Incivility, bullying and other hostile expressions and actions in the workplace.
The above and other expressions and acts of violence need intensive and ongoing focus aimed at risk reduction and prevention.
The Health Power Violence Prevention Tip Sheet includes important messages, as well as information to help a person know if he or she is beginning to be, or is being, subjected to physical, psychological or verbal abuse.
Health Power Tips for Victims of Domestic or Partner Violence
- You are not alone
- Something can, and should be, done
- Protect yourself and those you love, because you can’t protect them until you protect yourself
- Key sources of help for domestic violence are listed at the bottom of this blog post..
Frequent practices of abusers include:
– Emotional and psychological control;
– Insisting on controlling all finances;
– Comitting acts of physical violence
Additional information on domestic and other kinds of violence can be found in the Violence Section of our website.
Following are key sources of help for persons experiencing Domestic Violence:
National Domestic Violence Hotline – Tel. 800/799-SAFE or www.TheHotline.org
Family Violence Prevention Fund – Tel. 800/799-SAFE or www.futureswithoutviolence.org
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network 1-800 – 656 – Hope (4673) or www.rainn.org
Childhelp USA/National #ChildAbuse Hotline – 800 – 4 – A Child- or www.childhelp – USA.com
Remember the Health Power motto: Knowledge + Action = Power!