💡Spotlight On & 🗣 Shout-Out against Domestic Violence

Content:

-What is Domestic Violence?

-Poem “Domestic Death Trap”

-Lean the 8 Before it’s too late signs.

-Be a Change Agent and Raise Awareness

-Links to Discussion/Testimonial/Awareness Videos

-Web Links; Domestic Violence Charities & helpline telephone ☎️ numbers UK & USA

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Domestic violence is the systematic pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control his partner.

The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused. It can begin at any stage of the relationship. Domestic violence is rarely a one-off. Incidents generally become more frequent and severe over time.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. Whilst domestic violence happens in all relationships (heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), statistics show the vast majority of domestic violence incidents are carried out by men and experienced by women.

Domestic violence is a crime. We all have a role to play in bringing domestic violence to an end.

(Above excerpt from: http://www.refuge.org.uk)

POEM: Domestic Death Trap

Slapped once, reassured of his love.

She stayed.

He broke her ribs twice. “I fell down the stairs” she said.

For him she always lied.

Pushed so hard against the door, the wood cracked. He begged for forgiveness.

She stayed.

Who told her of her worth, that she needed to leave to live?

Her true friends tried.

“His unfounded jealousy, blind rage were due to stress” she said.

Her excuses for him, dismayed.

The police found her dead body in a forest, battered and bruised. With no evidence nor history of violence, he was free.

So another victim he tried, while in a grave his wife laid.

©22-03-2018 DENyamekye

(for more poems /discourse about Domestic Violence browse related categories on this website: http://www.thewitnessinstitute.org)

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(Above “…the 8 before it is too late” from https://greatist.com/happiness/stop-domestic-violence-organizations)

BE A CHANGE AGENT – RAISE AWARENESS

Domestic violence is the worst thing that can happen to anyone in their home. If not anywhere else, a home is where people are supposed to feel the most secure and unafraid.

Domestic violence strips one of their basic human dignity and worth. Under a great magnitude of oppression, victims can only sink further into the abyss of depression with no way of escape. 

Be a voice among others to speak out and campaign against domestic violence!

Many victims live in denial, accept and make excuses while suffering so that they empower the abuser… 

If your voice could help the cause, campaign or even be heard by one or more victims, whether they are male or female and cause them to leave their demeaning and violent domestic environment you would have done a great service to humanity. 

VIDEO LINKS -DISCUSSIONS/TESTIMONIALS/RAISING AWARENESS

The Red Table Talk led by Jayden Pinkett Smith: Domestic Violence:

Women Breaking Free:
Stories of Strength from Survivors of Domestic Violence: https://www.thehotline.org/women-breaking-free/

WEB LINKS – INFORMATION FOR YOURSELF OR SOMEONE WHO MIGHT NEED IT

Domestic Violence charities:

UK: https://www.refuge.org.uk

https://www.womensaid.org.uk

Refuge Charity: 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline

0808 2000 247

USA:

https://www.thehotline.org

National Network to End Domestic Violence: https://nnedv.org/

End Violence Against Women Int. : http://www.evawintl.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Our advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

 

©️2018The Witness Institute

Feminal Dirge: RIP

The female infant

once full of life

muted by fear

rants and strife.

R.I.P

The young girl

used and abused

her destiny refused.

R.I.P

The woman, beaten

dreams tossed in a bin

now prematurely in a coffin.

R.I.P

©Jan2018-DENyamekye

Discourse:

Not every female child, young girl or woman has it good. In fact at every stage of some of their lives, they suffer abuse or assault.

This poetic dirge entitled “Feminal Dirge: RIP” above was inspired after I read an article (the guardian.com 11th January 2018) about a Pakistani TV News Anchor Kiran Naz who read the news with her infant child on her lap, she was paying tribute that day to the 7 year old child, Zainab who was found raped and murdered. Her body was found in a rubbish bin.

Justice for the young girl!

Zainab was not from a notably poor background and it is clear that this can happen to any child anywhere and does, we read about such tragedies in different parts of the world constantly.

Likewise teenagers and woman have suffered rape, sexual assault and other forms of abuse (physical and emotional). At times they have been murdered in the process. The news about all manner of assault and violence against the female has reached great lamentable proportions.

Justice and protection for the female!

This Dirge has three stages of a female’s life, infant/child, young girl and woman each marked with conflict and suffering.

To make a point, I intentionally placed RIP between each paragraph dividing the different stages of child hood, young girl and womanhood. What point? Each paragraph can be a stand-alone dirge as multitudes of infants/children, young girls and women have

-RIP tombstones erected due to premature deaths for such reasons

-If not physical death, a spiritual dead state ensues due to abuse or assault.

Who cares, who is listening?

Will you be a voice among a stream of voices to make it an ocean for this injustice to the female to stop. Will you be a prayer vessel among multitudes who bow their knees to pray? Let’s do our part if we can however we can.