Look around you. There are people with untold stories. You pass by them one by one, not knowing what is behind the smiles on their faces–or worse, the bruises you can see on their skin. What happened to individuals suffering from domestic violence? Continue reading to know what this crime is all about and what you can help to save someone from domestic violence and stop it for good.
Defining domestic violence
According to White Ribbon Australia, domestic violence is a grave violation against the human right of safety and is defined as an act of abuse, intimidation, and violence on two people romantically involved. It happens inside a living space of a couple, where one of them is the assaulter and the other is the victim.
Domestic violence can be in the form of verbal threats, emotional manipulation, physical assault, rape, and other coercive acts that allow the assaulter or the respondent (in legal terms) to dominate against the victim or aggrieved. Continue reading about domestic violence in legal terms.
Men or women: Victims of domestic violence
You see it in the news or movies where in some households, there are victimised people with bruises, burn marks, or signs of bleeding on their skin. In fact, statistics from the Personal Safety Survey of 2016 show over 2 million Australians reporting that they have experienced physical and emotional abuse from their partners. Some husbands would hurt their wives, and some wives would assault their husbands.
But, this does not happen in married couples alone. People involved in live-in relationships are prone to this violence as well.
Is domestic violence limited to couples?
The word “domestic” means at home or in a living space. Couples or spouses who live alone belong to this category, but other family members who live with an assaulter or respondent are also highly likely to be victims or the aggrieved of domestic violence.
Here are other instances where domestic violence happens aside from that of couples or spouses:
- Direct family members – Abusive spouses’ or couples’ children are highly at risk of domestic violence done by a violent family member. The assaulter can be anyone of authority and capable of harm. Victims may also be collateral damage of an abusive relationship between spouses or couples. Other than children, family members living in the household, like grandparents, are also possible victims.
- Indirect family members – Househelps, maids, gardeners, and even drivers residing in a house with abusive masters or co-workers who have perpetuated violent acts on them are also prone to be victims.
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How to check if someone you know is a victim of domestic violence
- Check their personal appearance – Look at their faces or visible parts of their body for any bruises, wounds, and burns that are questionable.
- Listen to them – Engage in a conversation. Ask them how life is at home. If they mention that they have been hurt by their partner or anyone at home, that is a red flag for domestic violence.
- Ask them if they want to take it to the court – Ask politely but convincingly. Assure them that you’ll be there for them.