Maverick County Hospital District is observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (NDVAM) during the month of October.
For many in our community, home is a place of love, warmth, care, and support. For many others, it’s anything but. This month, we ask members of our community to join us by spreading the message that no matter who or where we are, we are capable of making a difference and helping to end domestic violence in the places that we live, work, and play.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of intimate partner violence each year.
“We need to expand our view of what intimate partner violence is,” says Elias Diaz, LMFT – Mental Health Clinician. “Violence can take the form of physical aggression, but it can also be financial abuse, stalking, emotional or sexual aggression. Those victims that are subject to multiple forms of oppression are the ones that need our advocacy the most.”
Maverick County Hospital District emphasizes the importance of awareness when it comes to domestic abuse and violence in our community. Many victims do not know or understand that they are in an abusive relationship for many reasons.
Here are a few ways to know if you’re in an abusive relationship that can potentially lead to domestic violence:
1. Your partner has hit you, beat you, or strangled you in the past.
2. Your partner is possessive. They check up on you constantly wondering where you are.
3. Your partner is jealous and accuse you of being unfaithful or isolate you from family or friends.
4. Your partner puts you down, attacking your intelligence, looks, mental health, or capabilities.
5. Your partner threatens you or your family.
6. Your partner controls your finances or forbids you to work.
If you believe that you or someone close to you is a victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse, please let us help you move from victim to survivor. Contact us at (830) 757-4901.
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