2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, recently suggested that the term "Domestic Violence" ought to be changed to "Family Terrorism" in order to garner more government support and funding. With statistics showing that violence within the home is responsible for taking more lives than international terrorism and displacing more persons from their homes than any natural disaster, I believe that this change is necessary and just.
It is not surprising that Irish Fitness blogger, Emma Murphy, gained so much support through sharing her story of courage in a Facebook video share recently. As more people gain understanding of "why she doesn't just leave," even more people are gaining courage to speak out and let their stories be heard.
The key to remember here is that in order for families to heal, we need to recognize the roots of Family Violence and celebrate each survivor - whether they be male or female.
Violence doesn't just happen in a vacuum. It begins in the home. And like a bad gene, it gets passed on from one generation to another until someone has the conviction to cut off the inheritance. It takes just as much bravery to be an abuser and ask for help, as it does for the "victim" to walk away. Family togetherness is always the objective; safety must come first.
Emma is just at the beginning of her healing journey - and she is fortunate to have friends and family who love her that she can turn to. Not every person has such lovely resources. These are the voices I hope to lift up - and together - Emma, myself, and maybe even you - we will raise awareness so the Violence can eventually stop.
[/i]Stop the Cycle of Violence. Lift up your voice. Feel the power of courage.
Fitness Blogger Posts Heartbreaking Video To Inspire Others To Stand Up To Domestic Violence