It’s the day after the Super Bowl and that means your social media news feeds are probably filled with statuses about all of your friends’ and family members’ favorite commercials. However, there is probably one commercial that you have not heard much about and it was the one that dealt with domestic violence.
First of all, we all know that the NFL is trying to rebound from the domestic violence controversies over the past couple of years. Domestic violence is a HUGE problem all over the world and in America it is not much better.
Every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States. One in three woman and one in four men have been the victims of assault by their partner in their lifetime. Here are some startling facts about this type of violence according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
- 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.
- Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.
Here’s one more for you: more women have been killed by their partners since September 11, than all of the Americans who were killed on the fateful day AND in the two wars that followed.
This is literally an epidemic in this country and for whatever reason it is one that is given far less attention than any of our other issues. It is our job to speak out about it and let people know that there is help available. Often times someone is so ashamed of what is going on that they feel as if they cannot reach out. We need to obliterate this culture of shame and pull people out of these situations with the same fervor that we fight against gun violence. It is not okay to be complacent while thousands upon thousands of men, women and children are brutalized and/or murdered.
Watch the ad below:
*If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are some resources to get help:
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).
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