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How to Find Ways to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

November 11, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Health

Domestic violence and abuse is a prevalent problem in our communities, as well as globally. It has existed since the beginning of civilization because the problem is not just nurture, but also nature. Aggression and violence is part of the innate makeup of the human race and it is a choice we all have whether we want to manifest it in our behavior or suppress and control it. The definition of domestic abuse is when one person in a relationship or marriage (spousal abuse) tries to control and dominate the other person by using intimidation, guilt, shame, fear or physical control. Domestic violence is defined to include physical violence as well as domestic abuse.

In this article I will offer tips for finding ways to prevent domestic violence and abuse.

Things You’ll Need:

Domestic abuse and violence education
Police enforcement agencies
Shelters for battered women and children
Advocacy
Counseling programs
Domestic violence training programs

Step 1

Contact the police or other law enforcement agency if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence. Become proactive and personally take necessary actions against domestic violence when you see a neighbor, colleague, friend or family member is an abuser or being abused. Don’t be a silent partner to domestic violence and abuse.

Step 2

Encourage the neighborhood watch or home owners association to become as concerned with watching out for domestic violence as with burglaries and other crimes. Try to reach out to and communicate with anyone you believe is a victim of domestic violence or abuse.

Step 3

Never be silent about domestic abuse or violence. Speak out publicly against it. Try to help others become educated and informed by inviting speakers to your professional organization, house of worship, civic group or workplace. Volunteer your time to support domestic violence counseling programs and shelters.

Step 4

Expand education and awareness efforts to increase positive attitudes toward nonviolence and encourage individuals to report family violence. Form task forces to evaluate and assess domestic abuse and start to develop an action plan, as well as ways to monitor the progress.

Research your options to learn more through a mph program online.

Step 5

Mandate domestic abuse and domestic violence education and training in the public school system, grades 7 through 12, including training for all social services and criminal justice professionals. Advocate laws and judicial procedures at the state and local levels that support and protect battered women.

Step 6

Establish centers where visits between batterers and their children may be supervised for the children’s safety. Adequate funding for shelters for the victims of domestic abuse and violence is of the utmost importance; providing a safe place will help more victims speak out and to give them the courage to leave their abusers.

Step 7

Have a safety plan in place so you can be prepared to escape when the situation becomes dangerous. Every individual in an abusive relationship needs a safety plan. Shelters and crisis counselors have been urging safety plans for years, and police departments, victim services, hospitals and courts have adopted this strategy. Safety plans should be individualized, for example, taking account of age, marital status, whether children are involved, geographic location and resources available (see Resources below for links).

Tips & Warnings

Communication is the key to helping victims and for victims to seek help. Never allow fear or intimidation from an abuser stop you from seeking help.

Teach your children the signs of abuse and educate them about how to recognize these red flags. Help them to understand that any form of abuse, whether it is physical, verbal, emotional, psychological or silent is never acceptable.

Understand that once an abuser uses violence against you, it will happen again. Physical violence is never acceptable and should never be tolerated.

If you know you are an abuser or have signs of becoming a potential abuser you must seek professional counseling and anger management.

This article is not a substitute for seeking medical attention from your own medical doctor.

Dr. Jewell is a published writer and author for several popular online sites. She is the resident Health Expert for www.eHow.com a popular destination online site for many How To articles with well over 50 million unique visitors each month.www.eHow.com/members/drjewell.html.

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