Rates of domestic violence have risen startlingly since #COVID related lock downs and stresses began. Now, as we work to protect one another from the spread of Coronavirus, we must also push to protect those affected by domestic abuse.
This epidsode shares one survivor’s story, and the resources she now helps provide to those who need support leaving – and staying out of – abusive relationships.
Domestic Violence is not always physical abuse, but it is always painful. “I lived in an abusive relationship for 18 years of my life and experienced different forms of violence, from verbal to emotional, psychological, physical, financial…just about every type of domestic violence.” In this episode, Mona Makki shares, not only her own experience with domestic abuse, but also offers hope to those trapped by it.
All too often, victim blaming and shaming accompanies those affected by domestic abuse. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that there is not a single abused woman out there that wants to remain in that situation. Nobody.” Ms. Makki offers insight as to why victims of domestic abuse stay, from both her personal experience and as director of ACCESS Community Health and Research Center, where she’s fighting to help other victims leaves abusive relationships and thrive on their own.
Domestic violence is not about punishing the victim for doing something wrong; it’s about a need for the abuser to feel powerful. “They abuse to exert control.” Dr. Carmen McIntyre weighs in as well to shed light on the psychology behind an abusive relationship, and the mental health issues that can both cause it – and be caused by it.