Defeated

domestic-violence

Emptiness settled in

Churning the remnants

Of a crushed heart

Gasping for air

She slid further

Down the black hole

Beaten and abandoned

Nobody realized

Completely forgotten

Ego filled pride

Suffocated

The cold stagnant air

Her emotions

Toyed with

Left to disintegrate

Defeated by him

The one who now ruled

Her pitiful lifeless soul

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.

 

Statistical data found at:  Domestic Violence Statistics

For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY)


Photo found at:  publichealthwatch.wordpress.com

8 responses to “Defeated

  1. I wonder just how much of this goes on behind closed doors in the body of Christ

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  2. Wish it were not so for any body, but know it is so for many bodies. You have spoken so well the attention this matter calls for.

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  3. I hear about this all too often and it just breaks my heart.

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  4. Advanced Research Technology

    This is so common and has been going on for generations. Few know what it is to have a real, loving home. The solution starts in our own soul temple. If Christ doesn’t abide in our hearts, our homes will play out the reality. This is so common in the so-called body of Christ. An outward piety does nothing.

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  5. I love the way you put this. So true….

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  6. Horrible statistics. Here in Ireland, many women reach for support and stay in shelters until they are safe.
    Teaching children to control their actions would help.

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  7. It really is horrible and many women here, do the same thing.

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  8. The same story everywhere, I guess 😦

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