Family violence refers to the abuse of power within the relationships in a family. It has many forms such as child abuse and neglect and spousal abuse. If you go through this, know someone who does, or like to learn more about this issue, you should continue reading. Here are some solutions to respond and prevent family violence.
Know the signs of family violence
No race or status is exempted in family violence. It can definitely happen to anyone any time. Therefore, you should be alert of these signs of an abuser:
- Excessively jealous and possessive
- Controlling all finances
- Giving you the guilt feeling all the time
- Destroying your properties intentionally
- Threatening to hurt you or your loved ones or threatening you with weapons
Obviously, physical attacks are not the only red flags for family violence. Someone might be suffering from it in silence. What you can do in this situation is to report it immediately to the authorities. Most people say they do not want to get involved, but you can save a life in doing so.
Educate the community
To eradicate family violence, one of the most effective ways is to make the issue known to the neighborhood and the entire community. Collaboration with Domestic Violence shelters, women’s welfare organizations, police officers, and the community, local schools, and companies can be done to arrange town hall meetings, seminars, or sessions to tackle this issue. It is not an individual problem, so the involvement of the community is vital.
Take advantage of technology
There are many smartphone applications that are designed for safety. The victim can automatically alert the support network of any abuse. There are safety applications that are free to download.
Be a good listener
For victims of abuse, they have the feelings of low self-esteem and isolation. Therefore, it is very important for you to lend an ear and believe. You have to let the victim feel that they are safe so that they can muster the courage to tell you everything and seek for help.
Check the victim
If you think someone close to you is in danger due to abuse, ensure that person’s safety by checking in regularly. You can call or text once a day. Offering some help like babysitting while the abuser is out can give relief to the victim.
In a nutshell, support is what all the victims need. Everyone can all do their part in preventing the abuse rates from going up.