Nine years ago today, my friend was murdered by her ex. Up until that point, I was mostly unaware of the enormous domestic violence problem we have in this country.
I was unawware that 1 in 3 people are abused in their relationships.
I was unaware that women go to jail more for defending themselves against their partners than their partners do for abusing them.
I was unaware that I was part of the problem by not believing my friend when she did talk about her experiences in our mutual friend circles.
I was unaware.
We can no longer live in the darkness of ignorance; of platitudes; of living in our own bubbles.
If you know someone who is being abused, reach out. They may not accept your overtures, but they’ll know that you will be there when they are ready.
If you are being abused, there is help.
Contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-700-7233 or (TTY) 1-800-787-3224
or online at The Hotline
In New York State, there are new options available related to an uptick (30% higher in this past April than in April 2019) in the domestic abuse incidents and reports since our pandemic related isolation began.
Coronavirus and Domestic Violence (NY Times)
New Yorkers in Need of Help or Assistance Can Text 844-997-2121
or Can Go to the New Confidential Online Site to Reach a Professional on http://www.opdv.ny.gov
Office of Prevention of Domestic Violence in NY