As Safety Awareness Month comes to a close, let’s look at domestic violence – a very important problem in the county. When we hear those words we often think partners being violent – physically as well as mentally. There are some red-flag behaviors that need to be addressed such as physical slaps or punches that may or may not leave bruises. There is also name calling, intimidation, and not allowing the partner to have contact with family or friends and so much more that isolates the individual. These are things that need to be addressed.
Frustration and anger on the part of the abuser often escalates to violence. How do we address this? Do we have enough resources to assist the victim as well as the abuser? Is there more going on – such as alcoholism or drug abuse? Is there a financial component to the problem that escalates the need for some assistance? Is anger management something we need to be teaching?
In Baltimore County, we have homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters that are always full. We need more space. We need more resources. We need to find a way to break the cycle of abuse where the abused often becomes the next generation abuser. What’s the first step to make improvement?
To learn more about domestic violence and its many different components visit, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (www.mnadv.org).
Turn Around, Inc. and the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County are two local resources available to families in need of assistance. If you or someone you know needs help, make contact today with resources before serious injury or death occurs due to domestic violence. Help break the cycle now.