[Podcast] Domestic Violence - Non-Physical

“When you lose a limb, it's visible. How might it look when you have lost part of the inside of yourself?” —Courageous Fire

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Along with being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Domestic Abuse (or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), domestic abuse, or relationship abuse) is defined as "a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship." Often based on Power and Control, IPV affects more than 12 million people each year and its reach is much further than just the affected parties. Often, children, relatives, and close friends are affected as well.

Physical and sexual violence commonly leave signs making it easier to point to the abuse by the perpetrator. These acts are incredibly damaging to the 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States who have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. But what about those experiencing the unseen and often unnoticed abuse - psychological, non-physical abuse. Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively). (NDVH).

In our latest podcast, Courageous Fire shares her story of overcoming non-physical domestic violence, her experiences with seeking help, the journey she has been on as a mother, and to provide hope and light to those experiencing the same. Courageous has detailed help and resources which can be found on her website.

Courageous gave a call to action to help develop a resource list for others experiencing non-physical domestic violence. If you are a community partner who provides assistance for men and women experiencing non-physical domestic violence, please fill out this form. Courageous also refers to a book by June Hunt called Domestic Violence: Assault on a Woman's Worth (Hope for the Heart).

Local Central Iowa resources can be found through the 24/7 number for victim resources through Children and Families of Iowa: 515-243-6147.

Please consider listening in, joining in the conversation, and most importantly always remember, you are loved, you are needed, you are appreciated, and you should never feel like you have to walk alone!