Domestic Violence Awareness Month

What is domestic violence?

Most often we think of physical violence—the hitting, kicking, punching, bruises, and broken bones—when we think about domestic violence, but domestic violence is so much more than just being physically harmed. Domestic violence includes emotional and sexual abuse, as well as threats, intimidation, isolation and manipulation.

While Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, it’s important to know that it impacts far more women than men. Overall, domestic violence impacts 25% of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. These numbers, however, are much higher in Native American populations. According to 2016 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, 55.5% of Native American/Alaska Native women surveyed reported experiencing physical violence from an intimate partner.

Domestic violence isn't about love, it is about control. Victims do not choose to be hurt; abusers choose to hurt their victims.

Love should not hurt. If you or someone you know is being hurt, please contact Casey Kasper at (269) 462-4324 or casey.kasper@pokagonband-nsn.gov.