Domestic violence is a topic that many of us will not feel affected by, but as a matter of fact this kind of violence is skyrocketing in our society. In the U.S., as many as 1.5 million women and 850,000 men were physically assaulted by their intimate partner last year, and numerous children abused by their parents. These sad criminal acts will continue to grow in our society, unless our community takes action to stop these crimes. First of all the most important tool we have available against this type of crime are the authorities, which include the police department, hospital, and social workers. If they manage to work together as a team to make the whole process of protecting a victim more efficiently, it will in courage victims to actually phone for help. It is believed that over half of the abuses remain unreported due to the fear of the victims from their intimate partner who has committed the crime.
If such crime is reported in a western country, the offender would be arrested by the police department until a clear picture is made of the happenings. In addition, the victim, which is usually the wife of the offender, would be brought to a safe place were she would receive medical attention and can talk to someone (a women), since the best method of digesting such tragedy is to share it with someone that can listen and give advice. Safe places are established in many modern countries such as Switzerland, but unfortunately this is not the norm in all parts of the country, since it is not law yet. Such safe houses are essential in aiding the sufferers, since they offer a basic human need; food and shelter. If sadly a child is involved in the conflict, or is actually the victim, then normally the authorities will take away the child and find him / her foster parents, where they would receive a new identity and attend a new school.
Now, after everyone is settled and calmed down, it is essential for the authorities to investigate exactly what happened and int review people to find out if there actually had been signs that acted as warnings for the effects to follow. Authorities have to be extra careful in their research, since many wife's just make up a scenes and stories, in order to get their innocent husbands into jail, so that they can live together with their lovers, and get the money and houses, while their husbands spend their time in jail with mass murderers! The actual happenings described above are extreme solutions for victims, and are highly effective, but usually the victims feel cautious about causing such trouble to their offender, since they fear that they will be released from prison some day, and get their revenge. Bearing this fact in mind, society must also offer other means of supporting a victim, which are not as radical. A simple hotline can work wonders in offering victims simply someone who is qualified to talk to, and can offer honest advice and back up. The sufferer can phone up for free, and just try to calm down after the crime is committed, deciding on what should be done next.
In addition to handling just victims calls, the people working at such call centre got to be trained to handle the villains calling themselves. It can occur that honest and morally straight people commit such a crime under the influence of alcohol or bad temper, so it is important to offer help to those people as well, since they have to live with the bad consciousness of having hurt someone they love! The third and most important solution on the long run to keep the numbers of domestic violence down, is to educate children from when they are young on what is acceptable in our society and what is not. They have to learn that there are certain bodily parts were one is not allowed to touch and certain activities that are considered to be unmoral. Children are easily manipulated by people, so they have to be taught that they as soon as someone touches them, or beats them up, they have to talk to an adult of trust (usually their mom) or if not their teachers, who will take them seriously, and decide of contacting the appropriate authorities. Really, in the last three paragraphs, we have just been looking at a very few solutions avail bale to keep the numbers of domestic violence down, but there are many more, which are co related to this topic.
But it is ones own responsibility to be aware of domestic violence, and offer help and support to sufferers, because you may be among one of the 1.5 million victims some day. It is unfortunate that not for every problem in the world, there is one solution, but working together as a team, we can make that difference, which is worth, even by just by saving one kid, from the destruction of his one and only childhood.