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Domestic Violence: Anyone Can Be a Victim!

Domestic Violence: Anyone Can Be a Victim!

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Published by Patti Austin
Cases of domestic violence can be against of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Anyone can be a victim... anyone can be a prey.
Cases of domestic violence can be against of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Anyone can be a victim... anyone can be a prey.

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Published by: Patti Austin on May 08, 2009
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Domestic Violence: Anyone Can Be A Victim!
by Patti Austin 
Cases of domestic violence can be against of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education,employment or marital status. Anyone can be a victim... anyone can be a prey. Even childrenwho are not physically harmed, can be victims. Emotional and behavior problems may incurby children living in a home where there is domestic violence.Who are the victims of domestic violence?(i)
 A person of color
. You may be afraid of discrimination. You may be afraid of beingblamed for going out of your community for help. You may feel hopeless because of thestigma that domestic violence happens only to women of color. Therefore, you will not receiveany help.(ii)
 A lesbian, gay, or transgendered person.
You may be afraid of having people knowabout your sexual orientation. You may be afraid of prejudice. You may think that the lawdoes not acknowledge homosexual relationships.(iii)
 A physically or mentally challenged or elderly
. You may depend on your abuser tocare for you. You may not have other people to help you. You may believe that you deservethe abuse because you are somewhat a burden to your partner.(iv)
 A male victim of abuse
. You may be ashamed and scared that no one will believe you. You may be afraid that people will think less of you and undermine your manhood. A personfrom another country. You may be afraid of being deported. You may be afraid of not beingtreated fairly in courts.(v)
If your religion makes it hard to get help
. You may feel like you have to stay and notbreak up the family. You may believe that it is a sin in the eyes of God to leave your partner. You may think that by forgiving your abuser will help him change.(vii)
 A teen
. If you are a teen, you could be at risk if you are dating someone who: is very jealous and/or spies on you like breaking into your e-mail account and mobile messages; willnot let you end the relationship or break up with him; hurts you in any way, is violent, orbrags about hurting and bossing other people around; puts you down or makes you feel badabout having your own life; forces you to have sex or makes you afraid to say no to sex;abuses drugs or alcohol; pressures you to use drugs or alcohol; has a history of badrelationships and blames it on their exes.(viii)
 A child in a violent home
. Most children in these homes know about the violence.Parents may think children do not know about the violence, merely because they are not inthe same room when it happens. Children often know what happened. They do not have tobe eyewitnesses per se. They may hear the pounding and screaming. They may feel thetension between you and your husband. Sometimes, they blame their selves for the violence.Children living with violence are helpless, scared and upset.(ix)
If you are being stalked
. Stalking is repeated harassment that makes you feel like aprisoner of fear. A stalker can be someone you are acquainted with or a complete stranger.They often bother people by giving them unwanted attention. This can take the form of phone calls or gifts, or following people by going to where they work or live. This is a threat

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