Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman asked citizens to be aware that domestic violence affects one in four women at some point in her lifetime; on average three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. And make no mistake– men can be victims of domestic violence as well. Prosecutor Chipman noted that issues such as changes in economic circumstances or stress can have a devastating effect on relationships. While a bad economy does not cause domestic violence, it can make it worse.
“Domestic violence can come in many forms as well,” said Chipman. “Abuse can be emotional, financial, physical or sexual.” Here are a few examples of abuse:
- Calls you names, insults or is continually critical (emotional abuse)
- Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or pets (emotional abuse)
- Controls how money is spent (financial abuse)
- Sabotages work by stalking or harassing at the workplace (financial abuse)
- Pushes, slaps, bites, kicks or chokes (physical abuse)
- Traps you in your home or keeps you from leaving (physical abuse)
- Insults you in sexual ways or calls you sexual names (sexual abuse)
- Ignores your feelings regarding sex (sexual abuse)
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender and affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Victims may find support groups or counseling helpful in determining how to deal with relationship issues. Domestic violence victims who are in physical danger should call 9-1-1 or call the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-332-7385.
Chipman concluded, “Although October is considered National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s always helpful to recognize the signs of domestic violence and to consider what actions one might take. My office stands ready to assist anyone who thinks they have been a victim of domestic violence in any of its many forms. If you are not in immediate physical danger, please call us at (574) 935-8666, ask for Victim Assistance Coordinator Sandy Rivers, and we can help direct you to the appropriate law enforcement agency or give you information about obtaining a protective order.”
Provided by Marshall County Prosecutor, Nelson Chipman