Michael Camarata via Crowdrise
March 17, 2011
WORDFALL may not be the greatest poem in the world, but it has always held a special place in my heart for the tension of the relationship that it displays between its two characters, a tension that is all too real in many lives and families around the world, and the almost casual familiarity and acceptance of the situation (also all too real) by the main character.
Domestic abuse does not always manifest its self in physical violence, although if it does not go unchecked it will almost always eventually reach that stage. Much more insidious is living under the constant threat. Like living in a constant war zone, never knowing what word or action might set the other person off, never able to find a moment of peace to relax, it zaps your strength and energy.
Domestic abuse immobilizes you, making you afraid to take any action for fear of how the other might react. Unable to make decisions for yourself, it is utterly destructive to the human psyche.
Domestic abuse is difficult enough living in your own country. Now imagine living under this situation in a foreign country, where you already feel like an outsider, not knowing where or whom to turn to for help. The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, formerly The American Domestic Violence Crisis Line, is dedicated to helping Americans and their families facing domestic abuse overseas. A donation of any size is greatly appreciated.