1 in 4 women have fallen prey to domestic violence, here’s how to spot the signs (guest editorial)

1 in 4 women have fallen prey to domestic violence, here’s how to spot the signs (guest editorial)
One in four women suffer from domestic violence. (Koster, Brian)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Hi, my name is Laura Cowan, a community activist and a domestic violence advocate.

October is domestic violence awareness month, but I come to you today because this difficult subject has been a constant topic in the news recently.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, literally anyone.

It is a crime, and it is unacceptable.

Editorial 9-13-18

Ask yourself a few questions, does the Person You Love:

-Threaten to hurt you or other people you care about?

-Use physical force against you?

-Criticize or blame you for anything that goes wrong?

-Control your access to money; your decisions; your time?

-Put you down, OR call you names, make you feel like you’re crazy?

-Destroy your property or abuse your pet?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of those questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. You are not alone; many people just like you are dealing with violence.

One woman in four experience domestic violence at some point in her life, and she may stay in a violent relationship for years before telling anyone or seeking help. It is also important to remember that men are also affected by domestic violence.

If you suspect someone is a victim of domestic violence, talk to the victim. You may have to try several times before they will confide in you.

Remember, if you see something, say something.

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