October is Domestic Violence Month, beginning in 1981 to raise awareness. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men of every race, religion, culture, age, and status. One misconception regarding domestic violence is that it is limited to physical acts. It is more than that, including yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, threats, and isolation. This is known as mental abuse and can be just as harmful as physical abuse.
Statistically, women are more likely to experience abuse from a male partner. However, men can experience domestic violence too. Though the stats show one in nine men experience abuse, the real number is likely much higher. Researchers believe that the fear of being seen as “weak” can make men less likely to report.
Adults aren’t the only ones who are affected by domestic violence. One in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. This puts children at serious risk for long-term physical and mental health problems. Children who witness violence between parents may also be at higher risk of being violent in the future.
Domestic violence is an act that doesn’t discriminate, and the effects go beyond those directly involved. Finding resources can be an important step to the safety and well-being of those experiencing acts of domestic violence.
NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence hotline is open 24/7. For help call, 1-866-644-3574.
- 1-603-994-SAFE(7233) for their 24-hour confidential hotline.
- 1-603-883-3044 for their 24-hour confidential hotline.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7, as a confidential, and safe resource. Call 1-800-779-7233 or access their online chat services at https://www.thehotline.org/.
You can always call our offices to speak to one of our Care Coordinators or Behavioral Health team members if you need assistance finding support and resources. We are always here for you.