Face Forward Organization

Deborah Alessi

Facing The Domestic Violence Reality

In the time it took you to read the title of this article and begin reading this line, one woman in the United States has been physically assaulted or beaten. Even worse, it is estimated that more than three women are murdered each day by their husbands or boyfriends. It is very difficult to imagine the trauma that these women face as they pass through this experience and with each passing day, the statistics do not leave much to cheer about. What hurts the most about domestic violence issues is the fact that a lot of people are living in denial about it, doubting that it happens or just content to either blame the woman or provide excuses for the man. Neither of this is a way out of what is an increasingly horrifying situation for women in the United States and indeed, globally.

Face Forward LA, as an organization that is focused on the plight of women and children who are victims of domestic violence, has been on the front lines of this cause. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the growing statistics that point to the fact that up to 10 million children each year, witness some form of domestic violence or the other. While Face Forward LA has the provision of physical and emotional reconstruction for women, men or children who have been victimized by domestic or gang-related violence, it is also determined to add verve to the fight to stop the issue right at its roots.

According to Domestic Violence Statistics.org, 93% of women who were surveyed stated that reduction of domestic violence and sexual assault is their top concern. This trend is also very evident in relationships between people of opposite gender as statistics still yet indicate that 1 out of every 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship admitted that a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if the girls tried to break-up the relationship.

The need for an integrated approach in which all hands are on deck from government, all the way down to family units is highlighted by the fact that there are individual as well as institutional losses arising from domestic violence. In the United States alone, the number of days of paid work lost by victims of domestic violence annually is over 8 million which translates to about 32,000 full time jobs. Loss due to productivity is estimated to be in the region of $1.8 billion in the US alone.