I know it’s a little late in the month to be talking about this, but I wasn’t really aware of the awareness before now. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month sponsored by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV).
Domestic violence is insidious. It’s so crafty that it forces its victims to think that they are the ones to blame. It makes victims think that it’s shameful and they can’t talk about it. It forces you to think that you have no options and there is no way out.
I know what it’s like to lose the will to fight. I know what it’s like to think, “Just kill me already and get it over with.” I know what it’s like to think that you have no future and that, even if you escape, he will track you down anyway. I know what it’s like to just give up.
However, there is a way out. There are alternatives out there. There are people who know what you are going through because they have been through it themselves. They want to help. I want to help. I want to take these negative experiences and turn them into positives. I want to show victims that they don’t have to be victims; they are strong. If you can survive domestic violence, you can survive anything.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please, get help. You can walk away. You can have your life back. You can do it. You are strong. You are a survivor. You are not alone.
If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline, or (in the U.S.) the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or visit TheHotline.org.