RECENT debates linking how women dress to the issue of rape have only reinforced the need for a more scientific conversation around violence against women in our society.
Blaming the victim in cases of sexual violence may be a global phenomenon. But it is particularly endemic in patrilinear cultures where restrictive beliefs about women’s roles and rights in society dominate.
In most times when we talk about domestic violence, we tend to focus on physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. But what about financial abuse? Rarely does it come up because people don’t understand how big an issue it is. Sadly, this abuse or control of one’s access to family finances and assets is prevalent and occurs in up to 99 percent of domestic violence cases.
So, why are we not talking about it?
Healing from trauma and abuse is not an easy process. It takes a lot of focus, patience and self-care strategies to rebuild your sense of control and worthiness. But with commitment and the right support system your healing journey can become an empowering adventure.
If you know or suspect that a loved one is going through domestic violence, you might feel clueless about the best way to help. Simple actions such as reaching out and letting them know that you are there for them can provide tremendous relief and save a life. Here are simple actions you can take to provide support and save someone’s life in the process.
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I’m Edith, a creative writer, social science researcher, and a civic change advocate. I love comedy and treasure adventure. I invite you to join efforts in the blog to create awareness, uphold rights, engender equity, heal and empower victims of gender based violence.
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