A persistent worldwide problem, domestic violence knows no boundaries.
Affecting ten million Americans every year, familial and domestic violence touches on every culture, race, religion, and class via physical and/or emotional abuse, inflicting pain through controlling behaviors of power and dominance. Much of this abuse is deeply personal and intimate, toxic, and traumatic, with life-long residual consequences on its victims.
What can be done to effectively impact such an overwhelming epidemic with extremely damaging consequences? While we continue to raise understanding that this violence occurs, including during October’s dedicated awareness month campaigns, a heightened focus on factors contributing to the abuse must occur if we’re ever to see it come to an end.
With over 650,000 offenders being released from prison this year, without positive interference while incarcerated, we can expect patterns to pick up and continue upon their return to their homes and communities. Addressing the motivations behind the abuse, educating offenders and their families, and providing them with tools, strategies, and solutions to rectify and disable the triggers for the behavior is imperative.
Serving USA recognizes there is a delicate balance between justice and forgiveness. We support our ministry partners in holistic and rehabilitative work and education, which is transforming offenders during and after their time served. Our partners at Marjoree Mason Center (Fresno, CA), Emily’s Place (Plano, TX), Converse Hope Center (Douglas, WY), and Door of Hope (Pasadena, CA) are some examples of premiere agencies working in this specific field of Domestic Violence, meeting the wrap-around needs of victims, including emergency housing, counseling, medical and legal assistance.
We encourage continued discussions related to proactive ways to combat Domestic Violence and invite you to participate in supporting this critical work. You can help in making a difference by joining Serving USA’s online community and providing financial support at ServingUSA.org.
Mia Consalvo (1998) Hegemony, Domestic Violence, and Cops: A Critique of Concordance, Journal of Popular Film and Television, 26:2, 62-70, DOI: 10.1080/01956059809602775