1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some sort of violence at the hands of their partners, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On an average day, 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence hotlines in this country, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports.
The numbers are mind blowing. What’s worse… We probably don’t even know the half of it. Many victims don’t come forward.
We’re in the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it’s about damn time we push the conversation to the next level.
For the better part of the last year I’ve volunteered in a shelter for women and children who have left abusive homes. I’ve also interviewed survivors and put their stories on television. Rape, broken limbs, terrified children. The list goes on.
I’ve never felt so heartbroken and so angry in my life.