People may fear many things in life. For victims of domestic violence, the level of fear with which they live their entire lives is so great that, at times, it may feel almost impossible to breathe. A bill is currently making its way through the California legal system that, if it passes, offers a means to help those victims in getting away from abusers with regards to family-share wireless plans.
There are many things that people live with every day, without giving it any real consideration. For the majority of California residents, being safe within the walls of one's own home is taken almost for granted. For those who live with domestic violence, however, this may be a mere dream. This is a subject in which awareness is growing daily.
The holiday season has passed, with all its good will and joyfulness. For most California residents, normal life has now resumed. Sadly, for many people, the pressure to maintain a facade of not only normality, but contentment, never ends. Those who suffer from domestic violence may feel like the most isolated of victims. In Los Angeles, attempts are being made to help these victims, who usually feel that they must suffer in silence.
As Domestic Violence Awareness month draws to a close, many support groups are preparing their final events for this year's campaign. In California, a number of marches entitled "Peace For Families" have been organized by the Silent Witness Project. It is hoped that the cumulative effects of the project's exhibition will highlight the work done to tackle domestic violence issues in the communities of Merced County.
There is no doubt that many things can influence the type of person an individual becomes, and role models -- good and bad -- have more power than perhaps people realize. Sadly, some individuals commit crimes because they have molded their personalities based on a poor example set by a particular public figure. Sports figures are among those who can, on occasion, wield the greatest power. NFL owners, including those from California, recently participated in their fall meetings, and one item on their agenda this year specifically included domestic violence.
As summer turns to fall, lots of people find that their thoughts start to turn toward happy occasions such as Christmas. For many trapped in abusive relationships, these are overshadowed by continuous feelings of fear and insecurity. October is the month of Domestic Violence Awareness, a painful subject with which many California residents are sadly very familiar.
Each state and county has a number of outreach programs for those who experience domestic abuse. There are a number of ways in which this issue is being tackled. A growing number of family justice centers across the United States, almost 20 percent of which are in California, have been designed to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to access help from multiple agencies by visiting just one source.
Society is plagued by stereotypes, many of which are now challenged as being outmoded or inequitable. Traditional male and female roles within a marriage have progressed to a point where either partner may be the homemaker, diaper-changer or main income generator. Sadly, there is one area of equality that many California residents have been unaware of for many years. While everyone can most likely recall a tale of domestic violence committed against a woman, such stories about men are rarely mentioned for various reasons.
Marriages require patience, understanding and respect from both parties. The first months (or even years) may seem effortless but at some point the honeymoon ends and the reality of spending a life together begins. It can be such a gradual progression that it can be a long time before a person realizes that he or she is now a victim of domestic violence in the form of sexual assault. In California, this crime is taken as seriously as it is when the people involved are not married to each other.
Everyone is accustomed to hearing the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD in relation to service personnel who have been subjected to the horrors of war, but most people think that this is the only circumstance in which it raises its ugly head. PTSD is actually a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of any life-threatening event. Apart from military combat, this could also mean natural disasters, terrorist incidents or serious accidents. In California, there are several centers and programs to treat this debilitating condition; however, many people are suffering from it without realizing that it could be a result of varying types of non-physical abuse within their relationships.
Divorce once had a stigma attached to it, and was considered 'socially unacceptable' to many. It's likely that back in those days there were abusive marriages where people either didn't suspect, put on a brave face or simply ignored it. These days no one needs to tolerate a situation they find unbearable, especially where domestic violence is present. Something which may help victims to feel more secure is a new California law that came into force on Jan. 1, which enables victims to break tenancy leases without financial cost.
A frightening incident occurred during the early afternoon on a recent Sunday in San Mateo, California, when a Mill Valley man carried out an apparent assault on his wife during an argument while he was driving. Thankfully, the incident was witnessed by other drivers who came to the aid of the woman. The gravity of this attack was such that he has now been arraigned on two felony counts, one of attempted murder and the other domestic violence. He is in police custody and has not been granted bail, and this event could leave the wife considering filing for a protective order from her spouse.
In each state and county there are many different programs and resources that reach out to help domestic violence victims. There are a multitude of different programs throughout California. It's helpful to look at what some counties or agencies in California are offering to combat domestic violence.