16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 14 – Am I a victim? Do I know a victim?

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Among many other things, the Covid pandemic has brought deeper and wider awareness of mental and emotional duress to the forefront of our workplaces, schools, and our homes.  All over the world, regardless of education, culture, and social status, we have been made more aware of the need to respect that what happens behind closed doors is not always obvious.  Our classmates, co-workers and neighbours may be experiencing physical abuse, or mental abuse, or they may be victims of coercion.  With this in mind, we ask you today, to take a step back and consider the people in your circle, or even think about your own life circumstances. Are you a victim? Do you know a victim? Are you truly well and safe? Do you feel comfortable at home or at your workplace under the “new normal”? How are your friends? Have they changed their behaviour lately or when a new relationship started? Helping someone who is the victim of domestic abuse is a delicate matter. By learning some of the warning signs, you can feel more comfortable offering the kind of support that is needed Here are a few resources, but if you have any concerns please contact your nearest Women’s Centre.   If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local emergency number.

References https://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm