Along with many folks my age I have been watching the news regarding Chris Brown and Rhianna with a jaded sense of "here we go again, another classic case of domestic violence playing itself out in the media." Then the other night I heard a truly terrifying statistic – a poll of 200 Boston area teens revealed over half of them believed that Rhianna was at fault.
Domestic violence is real and the victims are NOT at fault . Oprah (no guys, I don’t watch her someone told me about it) had a good show on this last week.
If you are a victim of domestic violence here are some useful links where you can find help:
- Jane Doe, Inc – The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
- Abby’s House – Provides help to homeless, battered women with or without children
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- United States Office on Violence Against Women – National hotlines and help for victims
Massachusetts has an excellent violence protection statute too.
May you never need these links,