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Secrets Can Kill

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 19, 2017

Secrets Can Kill

The HBO series, “Big Little Lies,” adapted from Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, aptly represents the secret of domestic violence: external appearances often belie internal realities.  In the series, the beautiful Celeste, played by Nicole Kidman, is routinely physically (and, therefore, psychologically) abused by her husband.  And yet Celeste goes to great lengths to hide her abuse with makeup and long sleeves.

As a result, the world looks at the life of Celeste and her abusive husband and judges it to be perfect.

Thus the conundrum of domestic violence: its horror is often hidden by the victim who feels shame and guilt for suffering abuse.  Victims of abuse, often women, feel that it is their fault and that society will judge them accordingly.

Multiple health organizations, including the American Medical Association and the Emergency Nurses Association call for greater education of medical personnel in recognizing the signs of abuse.  But we should not just rely on doctors and nurses to identify those suffering abuse; we all must learn to speak up and out to protect anyone we suspect is experiencing abuse; we must also learn to honestly assess a potentially abusive relationship that we may be part of.

Helpguide.org, dedicated to presenting guides to mental, emotional, and social health, acknowledges that while “It's impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors,” there are “some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness these warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, or co-worker, take them very seriously.” It offers a detailed guide to signs of abuse: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm

Other good sources of information for recognizing abuse and actions to take include:

From WebMD, “Domestic Violence - Signs of Domestic Violence”

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/tc/domestic-violence-signs-of-domestic-violence#1

 

From New Hope for Women, “Abuser Tricks”

http://www.newhopeforwomen.org/abuser-tricks

 

From The National Domestic Violence Hotline, “Abuse Defined”

http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/abuse-defined/

 

Let’s all educate ourselves and work to eradicate domestic violence.

 

Submitted by:  Carol Jambor-Smith

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