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HELP IS ON THE WAY

June 26, 2016

 

Domestic violence blights a community. It imprisons women and children and denies them the joys of a peaceful life.  I’ve been heartened by the increasing support that communities world-wide are offering abused women. Here is a sampling of them:

  • Pets may be included in a restraining order against a domestic violence partner.
  • Abused women cannot be forced to attend marriage mediation sessions with their abuser, even though other divorcing couples are required by law to do so.
  • The custody of a child conceived during sexual assault may be limited.
  • Victims of abuse are provided separate and secure seating in the courtroom, during a trial of their abusers.
  • A candidate for City Attorney of a major city is running on a pledge to punish and remove spousal abusers from society.
  • A law aids a woman who has broken free by permitting her to separate her cell phone contract from her abuser’s contract without penalty.
  • Many communities have provided a venue where representatives of all the organizations that can help a woman breaking free are housed in one place.
  • A charity organization put on a pampering day at a local spa for women in abused women’s shelters. After being treated to facials and massages, the women returned to their shelter each with a robe and a bag of toiletries.
  • Experts from all over the country assemble in one spot to train religious leaders on how to respond to and help women who are being abused by their domestic partners.

We still have far to go. While I’m heartened when I read about these and other community efforts to aid abused women who have broken free or who are making plans to do so, I can’t forget that we need to do more before we can say we’ve succeeded in erasing this blight. What else is needed? Let’s start with:

  • Educating our teens. Teaching them what a special, loving, equal partnership, looks like.
  • Building and supporting more secure shelters.
  • Building more of the one-stop information centers for women seeking to break free.
  • Setting aside some low income housing just for families breaking free from abuse.
  • Setting up more free animal shelters (or fostering homes) for pets of women breaking free.
  • Providing job training and mentoring.
  • Offering free financial counseling.

What has your community done to help women break free? My readers and I would like to hear about it. Please reply to this post or email me at clw@clwoodhams.com.

Peace,

C L Woodhams, author The Outreach Committee:Because Marriage Can Be Murder, a multiple award winning suspense novel available at Amazon.com

 

 

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