Somewhere in America at this very moment, a woman is being abused. She
will be left with bruises, cuts, broken bones, and scars. The scars that last
forever are not physical; however, they are ones of mental anguish. Her abuser
is not a stranger, rather her husband or boyfriend. In this country, domestic
violence is almost as common as giving birth. There is, however, hope for these
women; help is available.
Domestic violence occurs way too often in American society. There are
many reasons why people need to speak out against domestic violence. One reason
is that statistics show that most abusers will continue to abuse until they are
arrested. Another reason is that domestic violence doesn't only physically harm
a woman; it also mentally harms the woman and any children involved. The third
reason is that help is available.
A man who physically abuses a woman can not be stopped unless he is
given counseling, jailed, or killed. He will continue to abuse until he is
stopped, and ignoring the problem will definitely not help it go away. Husbands
and boyfriends send more women to the hospital each year than strangers do
(Campbell 95). The US Surgeon General reports that, “domestic violence is the
leading cause of injury to American women between the ages of fifteen and forty-
four” (Briggs and Davis 94) . Abusers need to be stopped before its too late
for their victims.
Women are not the only victims of abuse. Children who live in a
situation where domestic violence is prevalent suffer in many ways. The
psychological impact of witnessing violence among many children is just as
severe as if...