“It started with arguments and days without him speaking to me. One day, he smacked me on the side of my head. It only got worse after that. This is love?”
“She would cheat on me all the time. And when I found out and asked her about it, she would throw stuff at me, say it was my fault. I mean, where was the trust?”
“I just couldn’t stop myself. I was always screaming at her. Sometimes I wanted to shake her so she would listen. I love my daughter, but my anger seemed to be getting the better of me.”
People who love you shouldn’t hurt you.
Yet, headlines tell of women beaten, even murdered, by boyfriends or spouses; children injured or killed by parents, relatives or caregivers; older adults neglected or cheated out of money or property by family members. Many men who are abused are often too ashamed to report the incidents.
Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. Abuse – verbal, physical, sexual, emotional, mental, or financial – happens in every type of relationship. It happens to people of every race, economic background and age, every minute of every day.
Take a look around and chances are you’ll see victims of violence at home.
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