The Prevention Of Domestic Violence
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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, around 20 calls that are made per minute focus on domestic violence. Domestic violence has many forms; it is financial, psychological, and physical. These forms can all lead to economic, mental, and physical health issues in society. Each form has signs that many are unaware of.
A small community in Los Angeles, California, was asked what they know about domestic violence in their neighborhood, the results were actually quite shocking. When asked if they were acquainted with anyone who has suffered from domestic violence 45% had said “yes”. When asked if they knew about the community resources that are available for victims of domestic violence 63% had said “no”. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures only 24 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex ed. Meaning that half of the country is not fully informed on sexual education and domestic violence, which may be one of the reasons to an increase in domestic violence.
To take action it would be to help implement the policy of Action Against Domestic Violence Policy (AADVP). This policy strives to advance sexual education classes by including education on domestic violence, so that students could become more aware of what is happening in their lives and the lives of those they care about. Such classes would provide victims with plans on how to leave an abusive relationship, how to get back on their feet financially, and where to look for help such as therapy and housing.
The goal is to have students learn beyond the stereotypes and learn the hidden signs of manipulation and what it means to be in an abusive relationship. It is to help children break away from cycles of either becoming an abuser or a victim, it is about providing support and awareness so that an individual can always be prepared. This class would hopefully be implemented as an A-G requirement so that students can understand if they are being an abuser or a victim and change their surroundings and seek for help.
By reaching out to the department of education, the department of justice and the national coalition against domestic violence it can be possible to have such classes. By taking action and signing this petition we come one step closer to helping prevent domestic violence.
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