They are startling numbers. 1 in 4 women is a victim of domestic violence. Georgia ranks number 1 when it comes to cases of teen dating violence. According to researchers, 1 in 5 admitted that he has hit, slapped, kicked, or otherwise attacked a wife or girlfriend. In a larger national survey, 500 men were asked how many times over the course of their relationship they have done any of these – pushed, grabbed or shoved; threw something; slapped or hit; kicked, bit, or hit with a fist; beat up; choked; burned or scalded; threatened with a knife or gun – to their spouse or partner. 19 percent admit to doing so at least once. That’s a number that researchers believe would be higher if the men had been able to enter their responses privately.
The video released of Ray Rice allegedly hitting his then fiancée has sparked the conversation about domestic violence. Many men and women are sharing their personal stories on social media, even explaining why they chose to stay in and why they chose to leave the abusive relationships they were in. It’s a start, and it is raising awareness. But long after the spotlight on the issue fades in the media, the problem doesn’t go away.
It’s a fact that Aimee Hall, the executive director at SafeHomes of Augusta, knows too well. Last year SafeHomes received 1,900 calls, and 218 were housed in their shelters. The need is even greater than what they can handle, which is why they have launched a capital campaign. Every bit of money raised is being poured into a new 14,000 square foot facility and programs. In her interview with Brad Means, Aimee talks about the recent headlines about domestic violence, and she shares how you can make a difference in the CSRA.
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