October is dedicated to raising awareness for domestic violence. Domestic violence is aggressive or intimidating actions from one person to another within a home. Most commonly towards their spouse or partner. Although the majority of the victims are women, men also suffer from these abusive situations. One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
“I come from a loving family. My previous husband had been good to me. I never thought that I would be a victim,” a victim that wished to remain anonymous began. When she was in the situation, she felt like she was unable to leave, because she felt that way she did not have the ability to support herself or her kids. Over time it only got worse. She was even held at gunpoint several times.
It took her years and emotional support to be able to escape the situation. “It was the support of my friend that helped me finally leave him,” she said. Even though she was able to escape the situation, her children were affected as well, “I think my oldest child is the one that has been most affected out of all four,” she confessed.
“He got in my head. He mentally abused me, and that was probably worse than the physical, because it’s what kept me there.”
Domestic Abuse Awareness Month is created to raise awareness and try to prevent these deaths from happening or continuing.
YWCA always welcomes donations. All the donations will be given to families who suffer from domestic violence.
Anyone willing to help is welcome to bring the following toiletries:
For more information or for additional donation items needed, visit the YWCA website at www.ywcaokc.org.