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October Domestic Violence Awareness

With so much in the media about domestic violence lately, one can only wonder just how many couples will think twice before slapping, hitting, kicking, or doing other hurtful things to one another. 

Physical and verbal abuse can happen to any couple doing anytime of their lives.  Sometimes we think of young couples physically fighting with one another or "those poor people..." but the reality is that men and women regardless of age, income, social status, upbringing, and more will fight.  The presence of mental illness might trigger constant fighting.  There could be issues with substance abuse that contribute to an all out war of words.  Then other times verbal and physical abuse could result because someone is overworked, tired, bitter about a past incident, vengeful, or any other reason he or she believes is worth beating a partner down with fists and words.

When the presence of domestic violence is ongoing in a relationship, one must be certain he or she is ready to break free!  Being in a violent relationship is like being in a jail cell where someone else is in control of your life, not you.  If one is not in an abusive relationship, but is willing to help someone who is, he or she must be mentally and physically strong to handle the rollercoaster ride of things that will come up between the couple.  At times, situations can be very unsafe and the victim may want to try again and make things work.  This is why it is crucial one gets needed support via law enforcement, counselors (spiritual and secular), video recording, witnesses, etc.  Taking on a problematic couple is dangerous.  Being in a relationship with an abuser might cost one his or her life.

There are numerous resources about domestic and dating violence on and offline.  Please do spend some time on this site to find out the information you might need to get free or help someone who very much should be out of an abusive situation.

Nicholl McGuire is the author of Laboring to Love an Abusive Mate and Laboring to Love Myself.  See clickable image links on this site.  Nicholl also records inspirational and convicting spiritual audio here.

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