Updated: Monday, 08 Oct 2012, 11:57 AM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012, 1:56 AM EDT
Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Do you know what constitutes domestic violence and abuse?
Many women think that domestic violence is when they are physically harmed by their spouse. Repeatedly screaming at you, belittling you and attacking your self-esteem and controlling you through intimidation, fear, shame, guilt and violence are all versions of domestic violence. It doe not discriminate between sex, age, ethnicity or economic level. Domestic violence should not happen to anyone. Not ever. Not once. It is not ok and it is not your fault.
If you or someone you know may be a victim to domestic violence here are some resources that may be helpful:
If you think you may be a victim of domestic violence and need help call the National Domestic Violence Hotliine @ 1-800-799-7233
If you need Legal help call DAWN-Attorneys for Women @ 616-957-DAWN(3296)
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
Family and Friends' Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused by Elaine Weiss
How To Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved by Sandra L. Brown, M.A.