Anyone in Philadelphia who lives in a home where violence is a frequent occurrence knows how shattering each instance can be. Whatever their age or gender, those who suffer from domestic violence often have no place to go but to shelters if they want to get away from their abusers.
Domestic violence is an issue that continues to affect the Philadelphia community and its families. Whether involving husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend or other family members, the dangers - and need for immediate help - are sometimes forgotten amongst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
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.
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.