It is reported that approximately every nine seconds, a woman in the United States is beaten or assaulted. Every minute of the day, 20 people are victimized by their intimate partner. In a single year, more than 10 million people are abused by a partner or loved one.
Domestic violence reaches outside the home, and it’s something that we don’t often consider. National tragedies, like those at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and the death of a pregnant Orlando police officer, among others, show just how domestic violence can impact people on a wider basis.
In both of these cases, and others, the perpetrators of the crimes were abusers. Officials are urging people to learn the signs of abuse. They are also asking anyone who believes a loved one may be being abused to reach out to organizations like Help Now Osceola, Safehouse of Seminole or Harbor House of Central Florida. These organizations all have resources to help people leave their abusive situations and protect family members.
When domestic violence is ignored or considered to be a “private” matter, an entire community can be affected. Abusers often don’t stop at victimizing their partners, as has been seen recently. When we speak up to protect our loved ones, we may be protecting total strangers at the same time.
If you need assistance, please reach out to our experienced legal team. We are here to protect victims of domestic violence in Orlando. You are not alone. We have resources and can help you today.