What is Domestic Violence
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the NCDV explains domestic violence as the “willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.”
Domestic abuse and violence is one partner’s continuously effort to maintain power and control over the other partner. Domestic violence affects all types of people from different backgrounds, different communities, religions, and across all genders. No one or any group is immune from the devastating effects of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse and violence is an epidemic in this country that results in injuries, mental trauma and in many severe cases, death.
In Texas alone, some facts of domestic violence is a tragedy. Reported by the Texas Council of Family Violence are some heartbreaking facts and statistics.
- In 2014, 39% of victims were turned away from shelters because of adequate shelter resources, that is an increased from 2013 rate of 31%.
- 75% of young adult and teens, between the ages of 16-24 have experienced dating violence or are aware of someone who has been a victim.
- In 2014, 132 women were killed because of domestic violence.
- Police in Texas recorded the total family violence incidents at 185,817.
- 23,311 adults and children had to be shelter away from their abusers.
- Texas domestic violence hotline answered 185,373.
It is difficult for many victims to leave their abusers for several reasons. Although victims fear for their lives and safety, many abusers go to extreme lengths to maintain control over their partners and keep their victims near them. In fact, research has shown that when a victim leaves their abuser, it is the most dangerous time for them. A research study done by the Justice Department found that abusers who murdered their victims had threats of separation or actual separations as a motive for their crimes. In fact, twenty percent (20%) of homicide victims in a domestic dispute weren’t direct victims but rather family, friends, persons who intervene and law enforcement that were attempting to assist the victim.
In spite of the threat of serious injuries or death, many victims are displaced, and feel they have nowhere to go. Shelters, especially in Texas, are forced to turn away survivors because of lack of resources. This inability to serve survivors and their children can lead to a feeling of isolation, fear, and despair. Many survivors are faced with the difficulty of choosing to either stay in an unhealthy and dangerous situation or become homeless.
We, at Hercules Movers and Packers are committed to doing our part to help end domestic violence in Texas and across the Nation. We have partnered with several local agencies to help assist domestic violence survivors move to a safe place, and rebuild their lives. We believe that this commitment is not only good for our customers and employees, but is our way of giving back to our community, by being part of the solution. Together we can end Domestic Violence.