Domestic Violence Awareness
Did you know?
- 6% of women and more than 28.5% of men experience physical violence, etc.
- 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience physical violence, etc.
- 37% of gay and 35% of bisexual men have reported victimization.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a phenomenon that occurs with a partner or a family member that you live with. Domestic violence can appear subtle and can increase jealousy and escalate into physical violence. Domestic Violence in relationships can lead to a vicious cycle of power and control.
Did you know that there are laws in place for those impacted by domestic violence?
Believe it or not, there weren’t laws in place to protect those who have been impacted by domestic violence. VAWA was created in 1994 to address the societal problem of interpersonal violence including domestic violence. This Act has been reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013. VAWA is up for reauthorization by our current administration with program expansions.
VAWA calls for the following:
- Criminalization of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
- Implementation of programs to educate and bring awareness.
- Further, increase resources and access to resources for different populations to get back on their feet.
What is the power and control wheel?
The power and control wheel is a tool used to indicate the different types of abuse and characteristics that constitute domestic violence. The different types of abuse are using coercion and threats, using intimidation, using emotional abuse, using isolation, using denying and blaming, using male privilege, and using economic abuse.
How can you take action?
If you are in imminent danger, call 911 to receive help immediately. Be ready, develop a safety plan that will assist you to get out of the situation quickly, with the necessary items you will need. The first 72 hours are the most dangerous, go to a safe place, reach out to a shelter if needed. If possible, know your resources ahead of time.
Resources in Tampa
If you are in imminent danger, please call 911.
The Spring of Tampa Bay is a domestic violence shelter that helps victims escape their abusers. They offer a variety of services that helps victims and survivors get back on their feet. This facility also provides an outreach program to allow victims to obtain services without committing to shelter. Their phone number is 813-247-7322.
The Victim’s Assistance Program is a program funded by VAWA. This program helps victims of domestic violence navigate through the criminal justice system. Services include emotional support to help victims understand the emotions that come with being in a domestic violence relationship; advocacy on behalf of the victim concerning the criminal case with attorneys, employers, victim compensation, landlord, and employers; assistance with injunctions; provide other resources such as shelter, clothes, and food pantry. Their phone number is 813-272-6472..
How Innerglow Therapy can help
Innerglow Therapy provides support and a safe place for female-identifying individuals to receive therapeutic services. To learn more about domestic violence please join us during one of our upcoming domestic violence workshops on. To sign up, click on the following links:
November 5th, 2022: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/domestic-violence-workshop-tickets-445308308137
December 3rd, 2022 (SPANISH): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taller-educativo-sobre-violencia-domestica-tickets-445324687127
PS Love should not hurt