October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence is very common. An argument can occur and easily escalate into a violent confrontation. The best thing to do is walk out and leave the situation before you do something you will regret. The worst thing to do is act out emotionally. Couples get very mad at each other for a number of reasons. Women will use their children as pawns and not allow the father his visitation rights to make him suffer and vice versa. It is also common to damage the other persons property like keying their car or popping their tires instead of a physical confrontation to get back at the other.
As far as actual physical abuse, people are constantly abused at the hands of a loved one. 25% of women and nearly one in seven men in the USA have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Most cases go unreported.
When it comes to sexual violence, 33% of women experience some sort of sexual violence. 20% of women will be raped in their lifetime. Rape is the most under reported crime in the United States. Most rapists will never spend a day in jail.
On the flip side, men are also victims. When a couple gets into fight the men are the ones that end up getting handcuffed and arrested most of the time. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of a couple fighting and the women calls the police and they arrest the man immediately without knowing exactly what had happened.
If you are a victim of domestic violence there is help. There are several resources available for victims of domestic violence.
In the city of Los Angeles alone there are thirteen domestic violence shelters.