Voice for the Voiceless: Domestic Violence

18 May

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background.

Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. Children that witness violence between their parent’s or caretakers are most vulnerable to transmitting violent behavior to further generations.

Some facts about domestic violence:

1 out of 3 women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.

4 million women per year are assaulted by their partners. In 1 out of 4 of these cases, women will also experience sexual abuse.

-60% of battered women are abused while they are pregnant.

-70-90% of women in Pakistan experience domestic violence.

Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted and beaten.

-1.1 million women in Australia have experienced violence by a partner.

-Boys in the U.S. who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.

-30-60% of perpetrators of domestic violence in the U.S. not only abuse their partner, but also children in the household.

-1 out of 3 female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by an intimate partner.

-Intimate partner violence results in more than 18.5 million mental health care visits each year in the U.S.

-In the U.S. approximately 16,800 women are killed each year due to domestic violence.

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; His ears are open to their cries for help.” -Psalm 34:15

The Lord defends the cause of the weak, He hears the cries of the oppressed. He knows the pain of the abused, and His heart breaks to see each tear that falls.

Pray for the protection of women that face domestic violence. Pray for their health, their safety, their sanity.

Pray for their children, that the fear that floods their hearts would subside. Pray that they will never see these violent assaults as a normalcy of life. Pray that generational sin would be broken, and that their future marriages would be dominated by peace, respect, and love.

Pray for conviction for the perpetrators of these crimes, that their hearts would be pierced by the arrows of the righteous, that they could not lift another fist in anger or utter another crushing word. Pray against the abuse of narcotics and alcohol that multiply the violence. Pray that these broken men would be so convicted of their sins that they would seek the Lord and that He would be glorified, even through these painful circumstances. Pray that these men would receive the counseling that they so desperately need to free themselves from their brokenness.

Pray that God would stir His people to raise the standard of mutual respect in marriage, that the voices of women everywhere would no longer be muffled. That men would step into their role as Godly leaders, and that women would be free to be feminine and treated with the gentleness they deserve.

Our God is a God of gentle kindness, a God of restoration and hope. Praise Him for who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. Ask Him what your role is to play as His hands and feet to be the incarnation of His love on the earth.

Check out these websites for more information:

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

SafePlace

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