Team Change-The Domestic Violence Movement

What is Domestic Violence? How is it any different than Sexual Assault? Who cares? These are some of the many questions I hope to answer about the domestic violence movement to convince you of why it is important especially for us as college students.

Domestic Violence is defined by the United States Department of Justice as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.”

This definition is short but contains a lot of information.  The pattern of abuse can take many forms ranging from “physical, sexual, emotional, economic, to psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” (USDofJ)

To many, including myself, that seems to be very intense and could never happen to anyone.  Yet it does. More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men will be in a violent relationship in their lifetime. AND nearly 50% of these women and 40% of these men will experience this violence between the ages of 18-24 years old.  (One Love Foundation)

These statistic are mind boggling and show how important it is to act NOW.

You may be confused how Domestic Violence is different than Sexual Assault.  Sexual Assault is defined by RAINN[Rape Abuse and Incest National Network] as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.” This is different than domestic violence not only due to the difference in relationship but also the gravity of the issue due to this difference.

Domestic Violence can be stopped before it happens because there are warning signs that can be detected.  These warning signs have been outlined by many organizations in hopes of informing potential victims when they need to get help from a professional or friends to leave the relationship before they are harmed.

You may not know what these signs are and that is the exact reason why the Domestic Violence Movement is important. To educate all people so that no one will be stuck in an unhealthy relationship.

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3 thoughts on “Team Change-The Domestic Violence Movement

  1. Emma, you’ve done a really good job explaining why domestic violence is a cause worth supporting. I covered the topic of sexual assault for my mapping the movement project and agree that people often get the two confused. While I realize that domestic violence is an issue, I never knew its extent. Reading that over 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be in a violent relationship in their lifetime is shocking to me. I think that your idea to educate people more about the warning signs of abusive relationships is smart considering most victims of domestic violence may be too afraid to openly admit that they’re being abused. Overall, great pitch! I’m really interested in learning more about your cause.

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  2. Great pitch! You definitely clarified the difference between domestic violence and sexual assault, and I agree that it’s an important cause. Domestic violence is an important issue to focus on and work to prevent because it happens from within an existing relationship. While this fact makes it harder for the person getting abused to step out and ask for help from a trustworthy, outside source, this also makes it easier to recognize warning signs that may not be present in something different like sexual assault, which may happen “spontaneously”. For these reasons, the domestic violence issue seems like one that through education, can be preventable.

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  3. I really like how you advocate for domestic violence specifically because it’s even more specific than just sexual assault. I also like how you emphasize the importance of acting now to educate people our age, since we are in the age range of when domestic violence is very common. I think you should try to mention the benefits of educating younger people before they reach the 18-24 year old range so that these ideas are already in their heads, and then how reminders of what they learned can be continued throughout their lives as 18-24-year-olds, like in colleges or even workplaces that often hire younger employees. I love your point that domestic violence can be stopped before it happens as long as people are educated about the red flags of unhealthy relationships.

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