Violence against women and children is a problem faced by countries world-wide. Data shows that up to 70 percent of women experience physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime. The perpetrators are often husbands, intimate partners or someone they know. Violence against women and children is perhaps one of the worst kind of human rights violation that we know today. It is responsible for more deaths than cancer, malaria, traffic accident and war combined. Domestic abuse occurs just about everywhere in society. There is no race, class or socioeconomic barrier. There is no country on this earth which can declare itself free from the scourge of domestic violence.
Physical abuse occurs on a day-to-day basis in many homes but often times only get public attention when someone dies or is seriously injured. In many domestic homicide it is usually a case of murder suicide. Sometimes children in the household lose their lives while others are left orphans. Domestic violence has a lasting negative effect on children. According to UNICEF those who experienced childhood domestic violence are 50 times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, six times more likely to commit suicide, seventy-four times more likely to commit a serious crime against another and three more times likely to repeat the cycle.
This is a very serious situation which needs addressing. A way must be found to break this vicious cycle. We need to pay close attention to children and how these relationships affect them. They need to understand that physical abuse in a relationship is not healthy and must not be accepted as the norm. A healthy relationship is one in which people care for and treat each other right. It is about loving one another not hurting each other.
- Domestic violence afflicts one-third of adults in China (wantchinatimes.com)