Monday, 24 October 2011

Domestic Violence Series: Psychological Tsunami - the Effects of Abuse

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Psychological Tsunami

The Effects of Domestic Violence
By:  Haleh Banani, MA Clinical Psychology
As Huda slowly gained consciousness on the floor, she became aware of her surroundings. She felt the cold tile beneath her and the taste of blood in her mouth.  The thundering sound of her husband, yelling and cursing at her, became disturbingly clear and his menacing image slowly came into focus.  Fear filled her heart that he may strike again. Her trembling body felt so weak, helpless and vulnerable.  He ruthlessly kicked her in her gut one last, fatal blow.  Huda was pronounced dead later that evening along with her baby girl who had survived 6 months of brutality in the womb.
There are millions of desperate women like Huda who live their life in constant terror, feeling trapped and unworthy of love.   Many of them suffer silently, too immobilized by fear and too consumed with shame to expose their husbands.
Domestic violence transcends socioeconomic status, affecting all levels of income, education, ethnicity, religion and occupation. This tragedy poisons our societies worldwide. The first simple and necessary step is awareness.
Shocking Statistics:
  • 2,000 to 4,000 women are beaten to DEATH annually in the U.S.
  • According to the Center for Disease over 300,000 PREGNANT WOMEN report suffering abuse during pregnancy. 1
  • Every day, at least three  women are killed in the U.S. by their partners. 2
  • Nearly 6 million women will be battered in any single year
  • Battery is the SINGLE MAJOR CAUSE of injury to women exceeding street rape, muggings or auto accidents
  • In the U.S., a woman’s chance of being assaulted at home by her partner is greater than those of a police officer being assaulted on the job.
Domestic violence affects the psychological and emotional well being of a woman the way a tsunami brings colossal destruction  and unparalleled devastation to a metropolitan city. The unpredictability and dangerous nature of men who abuse their wives creates terror, anxiety and depression in women, the way a storm indiscriminately destroys  without warning; leaving  inhabitants in a state of shock and constant fear.  The deep, emotional scars last much longer than the superficial bruises and broken bones that usually demand our attention and provoke our sympathy. The emotional debris will take years to completely be cleared causing emotional bankruptcy and  vulnerability which can lead to suicide.  The ferocious waves of violence cause a series of long lasting, psychological damages: More Here

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