When it comes to domestic violence, the numbers don’t lie. In fact, there is plenty of information out there to prove that domestic violence can happen to anyone, in any kind of relationship – romantic, familial or otherwise. Domestic abuse affects individuals of all sexualities, all races, and all backgrounds.
Across the board, only 25% of violence as a result of domestic abuse is reported, leaving many families and victims highly vulnerable as they feel they are unable to seek help. Women aged between 18-35 are the most likely to be victims of domestic violence, and 1 in 5 of those women in the US will be raped at least once in their lifetime; many as a result of this abuse.
Domestic violence isn’t a rare, or unexpected, occurrence. As many as 1 in 15 children are directly exposed to a form of domestic abuse within their homes. That’s more than 10 million each year, and of those children that are directly abused by parents or those they are close with, they are 13 times more likely to abuse substances or become violent themselves.
It’s just as vital for our children, as it is for the women in our lives, to provide effective methods of breaking the domestic violence cycle. While domestic violence is prevalent in black females – up to 35% more common than white females – it could affect any woman you pass on the street, have a close friendship with or you are related to.
4.8 million women across the US are victims of domestic violence every single year. The numbers don’t lie. The US has a big problem when it comes to providing support to those in violent, desperate and life-threatening situations; and that needs to change.
Breaking the Cycle
So, how do we prevent domestic abuse? The first step to giving women that power is by empowering them to break the cycle of domestic violence for themselves. Without that support, it’s impossible to help victims to stand tall, and get them away from potentially deadly situations into safer, more informed and more protected places.
At The Bella Foundation, we know the road to breaking the cycle isn’t going to be an easy one. But we’re committed to providing that awareness, information and knowledge to make it that little bit easier from domestic violence victims in California and beyond. For every woman struggling, we stand beside you. For every child who needs a stable home, we want to offer that light at the end of the tunnel.
Donate to The Bella Foundation today to be a part of the solution, and pave the way for a better future for those who may feel there’s no hope. With your donations, we can provide more awareness, services and improved accommodations for those who need it most.