Thursday, June 20, 2013

Time to make a change.

So then, we have all been privy to the news surrounding Nigella Lawson. Saatchi, to make his point clear, grabbed her throat. I feel this topic is too big for me to do it justice, so I'll just state some facts from women's aid and the BBC....

1, 1 in 4 women will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

2, 1 incidence of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.

3, On average, 2 women a week are killed by their former or current male partner.

Recently, 2 miles away from where I live, a woman was stabbed to death by her husband. She escaped out of the kitchen window, and banged on a neighbours door for help. She died from her wounds, and left 2 children of that marriage. That neighbour is a school friend of my daughter. The blood on his path and police tape remained for some time. The memory of that horror will last forever. And the children are starting a new life in a new country without either parent. Heartbreaking.

You are more likely to suffer domestic abuse if,

1, You are separated couple,

2, You are unemployed,

3, The lower your income, the higher your risk,

4, Those with a long standing illness or disability are also at greater risk.

I would recommend a book called, 'Living with the Dominator,' to all to gain an understanding of this complex, heartbreaking and poorly understood and rarely discussed 'situation'. The responsibility for making a change, lies with all of us. Starting with how we raise our children, what we expose them to, what we teach them is, and isn't acceptable, and how they treat others and how they can expect to be treated in return.

This affects us all.

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