Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence. Domestic violence and financial abuse often go hand-in-hand, but nearly 8 in 10 Americans have not heard about financial abuse as a form of domestic violence. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free.
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Domestic violence and financial abuse don’t discriminate. It happens to people of all races, genders, religions and income levels — likely right in your own community. Likely someone you know. Don’t let them become a silent statistic. Get the help needed to speak up here.
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There are many reasons why a victim may stay in abusive relationships. And, many reasons why she* may leave and return to the relationship many times. Let her know it's not her fault and that she's not alone. Respect her decisions, even when you don't agree. Do not criticize or make her feel guilty -she needs you to be helpful, not hurtful.
This is domestic violence that I have intimate, personal knowledge and experience with. At the time, I didn't find the support or resources to help deal with my situation. The journey I have travelled and continue to be on has changed the very fabric of who I am today. As it is said, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." There is truth in this however, No Woman should ever have to feel she is alone or be judged or criticized.It is my lifes passion to help these women find the courage to leave.
As a beauty blogger, I work with spas, salons, plastic surgeons, dermatolgists, cosmetic dentists, product manufactures and more. I write editorials about everything to do with beauty from the inside out. I will reach out and ask every client to help by donating their services to help local women in need. Please visit my site www.beautywingman.com and let me know if you would like to help.
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