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Its Time to Talk about Domestic Violence

Do you personally know a victim of domestic violence?  Be careful when you answer. Once you know the statistics, it can feel like a trick question.

In the U.S., one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  This means they are experiencing controlling and emotionally and physically abusive behaviors by the people who are supposed to love them the most.  Yet, domestic violence remains one of the most chronically underreported crimes in the U.S.  Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.  So, do you personally know a victim of domestic violence?  You may.  Do you have friends, acquaintances, co-workers or family members who, unbeknownst to you, are living in an abusive situation?  Based on the statistics, it’s highly likely that you do.

The best defenses our society has against domestic violence is making sure people are aware of what domestic violence is, that they know what help is available, and that we as a community are willing to talk about it.  Fortunately, many companies, including SYKES, are joining the fight against this societal epidemic, and for good reason.  At least one million women and 371,000 men are victims of stalking in the U.S. each year, and stalkers often follow the victim to the workplace.  Additionally, 64% of domestic violence victims indicate their ability to work is affected, and some employees indicate a concern for their own safety when they learn that a co-worker is in an abusive relationship.  Companies can take a stand against domestic violence by simply letting employees know that help is available.

Many communities have local resources, but if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, and you are unsure where to go for help, consider contacting the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Advocates are standing by to help, and there’s no judgment.

U.S. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Anonymous and Confidential Help 24/7

1-800-799 SAFE (7233)

1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

The reality is that we all know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, whether they have shared their story with us or they are suffering in silence.  The good news is thattogether we can break the cycle of violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to remember those we’ve lost, honor those who have survived and support those on a journey to recovery and new life.