STOP PROTECTING THE CULPRIT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A CRIME! When was the last time someone told you their partner called them names that were hurtful, or used physical force to control them, or perhaps threaten them?  Yet, you listened but did not do anything to help that person. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a second chance to make things right. Therefore, if you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, it is your responsibility to not only help but to report it as well. I believe the idea that domestic violence is a personal problem is just wrong. Because domestic violence does not discriminate. It does not matter if you are a woman, a man, a child or an elderly.  People in every stage in their lives suffer abuse often from those who are supposed to love and help them. I heard individuals expressing regrets because they did not report an incident.  Stated they believed it was a family affair. Recently, it was reported, there’s been an increase in domestic violence within the United States. While we are focusing on staying healthy, dressing appropriately to protect ourselves, the children and the adults who are under the authority of their abusers are unable to protect themselves since they no longer have access to their resources. Children used to find solace from their schools and the adults used to go to work.  Unfortunately, they are now more reachable and at the mercy of their abusers. My question is, What can we do to help the victims of domestic violence? Are we going to be silent and pretend what they are going through has nothing to do with us, or are we going to acknowledge it, then walk away; as though recognition is enough! What if you were living with an abuser, what if your children or someone you love was being abused? Would you stay quiet or you would go out of your ways to get help? We can no longer excuse ourselves because we are not related to the victims. We have to approach domestic violence for what it is – violence against another human being and when it happens to one, it happens to all of us. Let’s stop pretending like we do not see the tears or hear the cries of the victims. We all know many sufferers keep to themselves because they are too afraid or embarrassed to admit they are being abused. They often wipe their tears and put on their best smile before interacting with other people. Having a community that cares helps the victims to feel they are not alone. As a survivor of domestic violence, I want to remind you, if you or anyone you know is being abused physically or emotionally you can call the National Domestic Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also reach out to me by visiting my website at www.owningmydestiny.com Remember, we have one shot at this thing called life, Let’s get together and help the victims of domestic violence. #STOPDV

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