October is domestic violence awareness month. It is a time to discuss the pain and suffering violence in relationships causes. If we bring awareness to the forefront and discuss signs to look for and what we can do to help, we could bring a positive change to someone’s life.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself or a friend, relative, co-worker:
Does your partner:
If any of these things or other types of abuse are happening, you need to seek help. It’s important to know that you are not alone. The way your partner acts is not your fault and help is available.
If you think a friend, coworker, relative, or neighbor might be in an abusive relationship; be supportive, and let your friend know that you are there to listen and help. Let them know that they are not alone and that help is available.
Domestic violence is not okay. It is important to recognize the signs, to seek help, to formulate a plan and to get out of the relationship. It is not easy but it can be done and YOU ARE WORTH IT.
Catholic Charities Regional Agency provides protective shelter to women and children affected by domestic violence at Christina House. For more information, visit Christina House on our website. There are many other resources available too. Talk to someone to get those resources to you, you could save your life or the life of somebody else.