Trying to engage people in the struggle against domestic violence is akin to trying to get someone to take a spoonful of Castor Oil when they are perfectly healthy. I mean, people are not too keen on taking Castor Oil when they are feeling poorly either.
Those of us who have experienced domestic/intimate partner violence and are survivors are sometimes so excited to be out of that relationship that we try to place the experience in the bowels of our mind and move on. After all, isn't this what society wants us to do? Heal and get over it is what we are taught over and over again by the silence weighing heavily in society about domestic violence.
Yes, there is a month set aside for Domestic Violence Awareness, but that month is overshadowed by Breast Cancer Awareness month where ad campaigns, NFL players, actors, etc. are wearing pink. Not that I am saying that Breast Cancer Awareness is not an important issue-I am a survivor of Ovarian cancer. What I am saying that far more women, men and children are affected by the pandemic of domestic/intimate partner violence and the silence is deafening.
The article attached discusses the stigma of this silence. Please read and feel free to comment below.