Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Back in 1987, Domestic Violence Awareness Month became a recognized way to not only raise awareness, but unite anyone who has dealt with domestic violence issues in the past. With over 30 years of recognition in October, so much support has been provided, along with notable changes. With that said, there’s still a lot to do, especially for teens who have experienced it.
While people of any age can go through domestic violence, there’s been a particular focus on domestic violence within the teenage community. This is where abuse can be particularly tricky to handle, since so many people are hesitant to speak up when it is happening in a home setting. Most of the time, teenagers are dealing with domestic violence from a family member who might trust everybody else in the household. Proving that there is domestic violence going on is always an issue.
A Voice for Teenagers
Thanks in large part to domestic violence awareness month and other ways to bring up this issue, teenagers are speaking up more and more. They are getting the courage to reach out one way or another, whether it be through a hotline or some other form of communication. Instead of feeling silenced and having a thought that they are the only ones dealing with such an issue, they are able to see that others have seeked and received help in the past.
Social media receives a lot of negativity, but it has helped raise awareness for domestic violence overall. It’s just one of many ways to quickly speak out against someone who might be causing problems without anyone else noticing. It also shares a story that others have gone through in the past to make it much more relatable. It’s something that no one wants to deal with, but teenagers have suffered in the past without a person to turn to. Seeing a story go viral raises awareness and puts everyone on more alert. No one wants to continually hear about any story of abuse, but the more that expose those in the wrong, the better. It at least creates a way to force others to understand these actions are not fine.
New ways to manage and prevent domestic violence
Teenagers are always looking for ways to manage domestic violence that has already occurred, and prevent future abuse from ever happening. Management these days mostly focuses on going through medical services, counseling, or law enforcement if necessary. Teenagers specifically need to be thoroughly examined so that every issue that is related to domestic violence can be treated.
Counseling is something that people should do separately, but it can help offenders as well as victims. This is especially true if the goal is to make some sort of amends down the road. Normalizing counseling for all individuals helps tremendously in this way.
What to expect in domestic violence awareness month 2021
Every year brings something a little bit different to the table as far as abuse is concerned. For the last year and a half, the world has been going through a pandemic that has presented a ton of new challenges in many different areas. Domestic violence can happen at any time, but tension inside a household when travel restrictions have added another negative wrinkle to overall numbers. Not only that, but teenagers have felt trapped inside a home with restrictions, when what they need most is getting out of a bad situation.
A lot of 2021 is getting back to normalcy, and building off the strides made with domestic violence awareness before the pandemic. It’s a focus on taking more control and being more vocal than ever. There are new outlets that can be extremely beneficial for all types of teenagers dealing with domestic violence. Instead of feeling like there is no one to help, being creative about getting help is a simple process.
A long way to go
Many strides have been made for domestic violence, but there’s still over 3 million children who either go through it, or witness it happening each year. Not only can this cause physical damage, but developmental and psychological damage. Those children who are exposed to domestic violence at a young age can have lingering effects for the rest of their life. That’s why cases involving children are always looked at with much more scrutiny.
There are countless hotlines available for abuse support in the United States. The main one to call is 1-800-799-7233. They also offer texting solutions by texting “START” to 88788. Those who want to chat online can do so by going to thehotline.org. With these simple and effective ways to get assistance becoming more of the “norm” than ever before, it has helped teenagers make sense of a serious issue instead of trying to hide from it.