This blog post will discuss domestic violence, as well as sexual and emotional violence and abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, please call the Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour help line at 919-545-0224, walk-in to the Pittsboro or Siler City office, or tell an adult you can trust to find you help and keep you safe. Also, support victims and survivors of domestic violence at the FVRC’s Domestic Violence Vigil on October 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM beside the Courtyard Café in Siler City.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a great time to discuss a topic that many people find hard to address. Domestic violence is violence or abuse that occurs in a home, usually between family members. Abuse can be physical or verbal, and oftentimes verbal and emotional abuse is much more difficult to identify. Examples of physical and sexual abuse are punching, hitting, shoving, sexual assault, and rape. Examples of verbal or emotional abuse include: shouting, name-calling, harassment, talking down to someone, or trying to control what another person does or who they can talk to. Although domestic and sexual violence is most commonly perpetrated by men, anyone can be abused and anyone can be an abuser. It is not acceptable to ignore a concern about domestic or sexual violence because of who a person is or what they look like.