Over the past couple of weeks, instances of domestic violence by players in the NFL have been brought to light. Backlash from the public has been overwhelming and even team owners, coaches, and commentators have spoken out about domestic violence.
This increase in attention and awareness had caused the number of calls to the Domestic Violence Hotline to surge. (1-800-799-7233) Victims are coming forward to receive the help they desperately need.
This has encouraged more victims of domestic violence to gain courage and share their personal stories of domestic abuse. Several prominent women have come forward and told their story, such as Meredith Vieira and Robin Givens.
The #WHYISTAYED movement on twitter has given victims a platform to discuss the reasons why they stayed in an abusive relationship for as long as they did. People stay in abusive relationships for many complicated reasons. #WHYILEFT on twitter tells people how the victim left the relationship and why. Reading their stories helps to educate and understand the dynamics of abuse and its consequences.
All of this publicity has helped to raise awareness to the issues of domestic violence. People are being educated and the community is becoming more responsive.
Let’s continue the discussion. Remember, if we can help just one victim, we’ve done our job.
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