Domestic violence is a horror that is experienced by 1 out of 3 women across the globe. Within the United States it is estimated that between 4 and 6 million women will experience an act of physical violence this year. These statistics are horrifying, because no person deserves to live under these conditions. Life is precious and every act of violence committed against women and children is an atrocity that should not swept under the rug. According to the research I have done anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, including men. The largest demographic are women. Up to 35% of women that arrive in the emergency room of hospitals have experienced the terror of domestic violence. There are resources available for the victims of violence to get help. One such resource is the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224. There are also local domestic and sexual abuse such as the Durham crisis and Response center whose number is 919-403-6562. It almost goes without saying that the local police and sheriff departments are valuable resources as well.
A resource seldom discussed or explored is the home security industry. A home security system installed with two-way voice communication protocol and glass break technology is a huge asset when an act of physical violence occurs within the home. When the alarm is triggered it activates an internal microphone that enables the alarm monitoring facility to hear in real time the events that are transpiring inside the residence as they dispatch the local authorities to the residence. The glass break sensors are valuable because they can be programmed to be always on. If the abuser causes a glass or loud crashing sound to occur within the vicinity of the device it will trigger the alarm. Within Vector Security monitored systems there are no dialer delays, meaning that there is no time lag between the time that the alarm is triggered and communication sent to the central station as is the case with many systems including ADT’s. Installation of an alarm system is very affordable. For information on how to receive up to $1,100 in free life safety equipment with the features listed above call, 919-949-9690 or go to http://whensafetymatters.com.
Even if you are not a victim of domestic abuse you can still help by donating an old cell phone to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence by going to http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DonateaPhone_129.html . These phones will be activated and enabled to only call 911. The partnership between the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the wireless industry is called the Call to Protect program. It has existed for the past seven years and has provided a life line between victims and the police.
Finally, whether we are victims of domestic violence or not we could all encounter a situation where our physical bodies are in jeopardy. It is important to know what to do in order to give yourself a chance to escape. I do not claim to a self defense expert but I have included this Krav Maga video because it depicts a real life situation that anyone could encounter and defensive maneuvers that could save your life. The link can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VDbjFBciJE