“I was heartbroken, scared, I had a lot of anxiety, I was worried, I felt weak, and I had no idea how I was ever going to come up with the strength. But I just closed my eyes and took a blind leap. I knew I had to get out of there.” ― Bob Casey Jr.
This is a testimony blatantly screaming violence , strangely enough if we look carefully abuse has no gender . Some life threatening while some life wrecking. Every experience tells a different story of shattered dreams all over. It is heart wrenching to know during such difficult times , cases of domestic violence have surged an alarming rate . There is no denial that violence against the weaker sections of the society has always been prevalent . Women always have had to pay the price for every wrong doing that occurs in the world , with broken bones , bleeding wounds and bruises , shattered dreams and sometimes even by giving up their life . These were about the visible scars but what about the ones you never see ? Who will talk about the mental and emotional abuse ?
Homes that are supposed to be our safety net, sometimes turns out to be our biggest and the worst nightmare . Yes, domestic violence has eaten up many homes and is continuing to do so , because some entitled human beings blinded with power consider it okay to violate another human being .
Often, the seriousness of the abuse is measured by brutality and the number of scars the person can testify .
In addition to violation of human rights, victims of domestic violence can face several physical and mental health difficulties such as risk of chronic disease, depression, sexual disorders, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and substance abuse. Disconnection from social support systems is one of the reasons for an increased risk of domestic violence during these times. As a result, there are fewer options to find safety or help for the victims. Normally, the victim could flee a violent situation by staying elsewhere, but that option is not available right now due to pandemic and lockdown.
The team of ITVI urges you all , to pay extra attention to your neighborhood and the society you are living in . As a responsible citizen , we request you all to be a little extra kind , patient, empathetic and alert towards each other . If you see any such thing happening, within your vicinity or under your knowledge, then report it. This is high time for us to speak up and do our part to eradicate ‘Domestic Violence’.
- Fiona Catherine Jerry