Luka is such a powerful song...I left today's video full-sized so that you could take three minutes to watch and listen.
Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.
Between 25 and 31 percent of US women report being a victim of domestic violence at some point in their live. Domestic violence occurs across the spectrum of relationships, from dating teens to elderly couples, in both heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Although the majority of victims of domestic violence are women, it is important to acknowledge that men are also victims of domestic violence, and that in some situations both partners may engage in violent behavior.
For more general information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's information page: Is This Abuse? Get the Facts.
We often forget that young girls and women are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence, also known as dating violence. There are two wonderful groups out there, Break the Cycle and That's Not Cool, that specifically target these young women.
Break the Cycle also provides more information about patterns of abuse and behaviors commonly experienced by youth in dating relationships.Want to learn more about domestic violence, but in a lighter fashion? Check out Sophie Littlefield's Stella Hardesty series. The books are well-written and great mystery novels, but centered around the very serious subject of helping women escape the cycle of abuse.