Anyone who knows about domestic violence knows also that the rates of family violence soar during the holiday season. We now have Thanksgiving and Christmas behind us, and the sad fact is that some didn’t make it through. The ones who did are not out of the woods yet.
With New Year’s fast approaching the dangers of brute family violence episodes are at an all-time high. The booze, family gatherings, stress to meet the extended family needs through the holidays, the changes in the weather and the added stressors it all comes together to becomes a recipe for disaster in many cases, and for murder in others.
This is not a way to drama things up, but it is the reality of the situation. Sadly, in many of these cases children witness the brutality and or murder in the home.
Uplifting Change Through Healing Words wants to make sure that no crises call goes unanswered and no cry for help has to be denied due to a lack of funds. The government has placed severe budget cuts on domestic violence outreach programs and shelters. It is falling on the community to help make sure the funds are in place to help these families get out when they find the strength to make the call.
When a woman finally reaches the point of calling for help the situation is normally so far gone and so bad that their or their children’s life is in danger. It is an emergency situation that requires the organization to act fast. Removing the family from the home safely and quickly is essential, but that takes money and several organizations to work in unison to make that happen. None of this is possible without the help of the community.
The most unfortunate factor in it all is that most people will go about their day without even thinking of making a contribution to help these women and children. It does not take a large donation to make a difference. If everyone gave a little it is better than one person giving a lot. This is important, and it is something we all have to be concerned with! This effects the entire community, and eventually domestic violence will touch someone you love if it hasn’t already. After all, 1 in 5 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
We have to stand up, and make the needed donations to keep outreach services running for these women. We cannot continue to go on thinking someone else is making the donations, or that our meager efforts won’t help. We all have to take responsibility to make sure that the funds are there. Edmund Burke summed it up when he stated "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
No one can imagine the hopelessness in a domestic violence situation, and if these women have nowhere to turn then not only will they be even more hopelessly trapped, but their abuser has no fear of consequences. They win. We cannot allow these abusers that kind of power.
By not contributing to the cause we are making the abuse even more possible, more severe and more prominent while we are also allowing the hopelessness to become a reality for many women and children.
We have to make the effort and the contributions to end this struggle, and help these families find freedom from the epidemic of family violence. It could be any of our daughters or grandchildren, and we would want them to find help. This is especially true since oftentimes the families are the last ones to know of the torture in the home.
It is only after the family is extracted from the home that many extended family members ever find out about the abuse. Without a doubt many of these women would die if there had been no intervention, and many others will die because there will be no funds to help them unless everyone does their part no matter how large or small to make the difference.
If you have it to give place make a donation to Uplifting Change Through Healing Words. The time to act is now. Donations are at an all-time low, and the contributions through the holidays were lower than they have been in many years. These families have never needed your help more than they do right now.
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