This week's article is focusing on Domestic Violence Awareness and encouraging ideas for help in its prevention. Domestic violence is defined as the willful intimidation, assault, and/or abusive behavior of an intimate partner to establish power and control over the other partner. Domestic violence offenders use physical, sexual, emotional, and/or psychological abuse or violence to establish and maintain power and control over their victims. Some examples of these actions include intimidation, coercion, threats, social or economic isolation, and/or belittlement.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There are no exceptions based on background, economic status, gender, age, and/or ethnicity. In the United States (US), 1 in 4 Americans experience at least one of these abusive actions by their partner. In Texas, more than five million people will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Additionally, there are over 150 deaths each year in Texas due to domestic violence.
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