I have made a new friend. Even though she is all the way across the United States and lives on the west coast, we have so much in common. She was also a victim of domestic violence.
Women who are abused are not faceless strangers; they are our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and relatives. Women who are abused come from all economic backgrounds, race and age. This serious crime knows no boundaries. These women hide the fact that they are living in an impossible situation because they are too terrified or ashamed to reach out for help.
Domestic abuse is another of society's dirty laundry issues, it exists but people don't want to recognize its existence. Women are victims in 85 percent of domestic violence crimes. Domestic violence can also include crimes against children, the elderly and men living in the home.
Domestic violence is something that is in our newspapers and on our local news stations daily. It kills and maims women for the rest of their lives, either physically or emotionally. Even if they manage to get away from their abusers it will haunt them for the rest of their lives. They never really heal emotionally; the victim will always have those painful memories. And sometimes they are left with physical problems after the abuse, constant reminders of the violent past they en-dured.