Domestic violence remains a threat to many communities in the United States, including those in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When it comes to domestic violence, people's realization that they are a victim of domestic violence is a significant factor in battling such forms of abuse. Unfortunately, a recent survey stated that some people stay in the shadows of domestic abuse.
One issue, which is not discussed in public by people who have been abused and continue to be abused, is domestic violence. Domestic violence is a worldwide issue; but spousal abuse and all forms of domestic violence directed at children and parents here in Philadelphia are now thankfully getting some much-needed exposure. Efforts by local concerned groups are one of the reasons why the public is taking a hard look at this problem.
In recent years, Philadelphia communities have witnessed numerous acts of violence against women and children. In fact, domestic violence has reached an all-time high among violent crimes. Police have reported 162 occurrences of domestic violence in the 181st district in 2013, overtaking homicides and aggravated assaults by handgun.
Family-related abuse comes in many forms, including domestic assault, sexual abuse and stalking. The issue of domestic violence has become so prevalent around the world that international authorities want to see it addressed as a worldwide health problem.
Abuse against women has infested the city of Philadelphia for a very long time. In fact, 108,252 domestic violence cases were reported to the police in 2012. This growing number of domestic violence cases could endanger the lives of Philadelphia women as 24 domestic violence homicides were also reported in 2012. Spousal abuse, or domestic violence, comes in several forms such as stalking, emotional distress and physical and sexual abuse. According to experts, these acts are somewhat related to homelessness, poverty and job instability.
According to the FBI, one of every four women in the United States will experience some sort of assault by a boyfriend or husband during her life. Although domestic violence is often a silent crime, some victims bear permanent reminders - tattoos - that demonstrate how their abusers regarded them as little more than property.
Misunderstandings are common in all relationships. For example, spouses may have an argument over finances, and as both sides tackle the dispute, the situation can escalate, often resulting in domestic violence. Physical, sexual and emotional abuses are some of the most common types of domestic violence recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In some instances, these acts of abuse go unreported as some spouses choose to endure the pain rather than leaving.
Since 2008, violence within the family has been on the increase. Regardless of their financial status, victims may be subjected to spousal abuse ranging from emotional and sexual abuse to physical assault. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and other parts of the country, domestic violence is an issue calling for attention and action.
The family members of a woman who was a victim of domestic violence about six years ago have started a foundation, which aims to raise awareness about domestic violence. The woman was brutally beaten to death by her husband, a former professor of economics at University of Pennsylvania. The founders of the Every Great Reason Foundation stated that the foundation aims to provide an opportunity for women who believe that getting out of domestic violence and spousal abuse and starting life fresh is not possible.
A former judge from Perry County, Pennsylvania, denies that he assaulted his ex-wife three years ago at their Luzerne County home. The ex-wife alleges that she is a victim of domestic violence, claiming that the judge assaulted her on the night of their first anniversary after getting drunk.