By Elizabeth A. Allen
You've probably heard the alarming statistics about domestic abuse. As many as 4 million women nationwide may be abused by their partners each year, according to the Department of Justice.
Consider the consequences of these statistics. Domestic abuse cuts across differences in age, race and class. You probably know a co-worker, friend or relative who is affected. Domestic violence is an underreported crime frequently kept quiet by its victims. And while most domestic violence is against women, men can be victims too. Learn to recognize the signs.
A victim of domestic abuse …
Domestic violence harms not only the woman who is abused, but her children as well.
If you know an adult or child who is affected by domestic abuse, you can:
For more information about domestic violence, its warning signs, effects and prevention, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at www.ndvh.org or call 800-799-7233.
Elizabeth A. Allen is a former editorial assistant for Parenthood.com.
© Parenthood.com, used with permission.
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