Posted by: TLC Fellowship | October 18, 2013

Domestic Violence–A Silent Killer

By Marsha Gordon, member of TLC Fellowship

“Every day 3 women die because of domestic violence.” – National Network to End Domestic Violence

The above statistic is startling! Yet, when the subject of domestic violence comes up, we often want to sweep it under the rug, because the subject matter is too uncomfortable for most people to discuss. For this reason, domestic violence can be a “silent” killer. However, think about how uncomfortable it is our daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, and even brothers or sons who live daily in abusive relationships. Contrary to what we would like to believe, domestic violence doesn’t happen somewhere else…it happens in our homes, neighborhoods, families, and yes—even our churches. Domestic violence does not discriminate according to age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or economic status. Anyone can be a victim!

In a study commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women, the following findings were cited:

  • 60% of Americans know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • Three out of four (73%) parents with children under the age of 18 said that they have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children.
  • 67% of Americans say they have not talked about domestic violence with their friends; even more, 73% have not discussed sexual assault
  • Even though 75% of Americans say that they would step in and help a stranger being abused, the reality is most people do not help.
  • For example, among the 70% of women who experienced domestic violence and then told someone about it, more than half (58%) said that no one helped them.
  • But 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.

“The Avon Foundation for Women funded this survey to better understand why domestic violence and sexual assault remain so inherently hidden and marginalized in our society,” said Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women. “The data shows us that conversations about these issues simply are not happening. That silence leaves victims trapped by the shame, stigma and fear that these crimes carry. If we can encourage more people to start talking, we can end that cycle and bring these issues to light in a new way.”

The month of October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but this is a crisis issue that occurs 24/7. According to statistics, 1 in 4 women are victims of abuse. TLC Fellowship encourages you to take a stand—become informed, involved, learn the warning signs of abuse, and help to put an end to the silent killer.

Persons in immediate danger who need assistance are encouraged to contact 911. In addition, you may also seek help by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) / 800-787-3224 (TTY). Local Dallas area residents can also contact The Family Place Crisis Hotline at 214-941-1991.

Information for this article compiled from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

For additional information on domestic violence, visit these websites:
The Family Place:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
National Network to End Domestic Violence:

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