Around 5:30 this morning I was awakened from my sleep with a the overwhelming feeling of fear. This feeling of fear did not come from any sound that I heard, but it came from the dream that I was having. In this dream there was a woman who was being constantly abused by her husband. I could see everything that was happening to her and feel the undescriable fear that she felt. Her fear of not wanting to go home or be alone with this man because she never knew what was going to happen. It did not matter what she did or how she did it, he was never satisfied. Even when she did things exactly as he asked, she was subjected to some form of abuse. One scene from the dream that stands out vividly is the husband dragging his wife through the house as she screamed and wriggled trying to free herself from his grasp. Although it was only a dream for me, it was all too real for the woman. There was nothing that I could do to help her because I was only a spectator.
While this was just a dream for me, this scenario plays out too often in real life for so many women, children and men; that’s right men are subjected to domestic violence as well. Here are some interesting facts: An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year; 85% of domestic violence victims are women; one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Having worked with more than 200 women and children who were subjected to some form of domestic violence, I can tell you that the affects can be long lasting. However, there are people and resources out there to help victims of domestic violence. If you or anyone you know is in a relationship that is violent or has the potential to become violent, please let them know that there is help and they can leave the situation.
http://www.ncadv.org/ National Coalistion Against Domestic Violence
As always remember to Live, Laugh, Love