Domestic Violence is a serious issue, and if you are experiencing domestic violence in any way, know that it is not your fault. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been a victim of some sort of domestic violence in their lifetime. Women 18-24 are the most commonly abused, but anyone can be a victim. Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime, and its effects are physical, mental, emotional, and even financial. Being a victim of domestic violence increases the risk for suicide and depression as well as stress-related conditions like hypertension and cancer, and it results in a loss of 8 million days of paid work each year. 20%-60% of victims lose their jobs due to reasons related to abuse.

Many people stay in an abusive relationship due to fear, embarrassment, love, or other reasons. If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, you are not alone. The National Domestic Violence Hotline will help anyone who fears for their own safety or the safety of someone else come up with a “safety plan” that includes getting yourself to a safe place, coping with emotions, telling family or friends, and even legal help. Call 1-800-799-7233 if you or someone you know needs help.