Myth No 5: It’s easy for the victim to leave this unsavoury situation Myth No 6: You can wish this away from your Life
Some of the suggested preventive actions With my extensive experience of first studying then working in the USA in community healthcare settings, I would like to suggest the following actions to prevent domestic violence from occurring and also providing required help to the victims who are already entrenched in it. Accepting that domestic violence exists and accepting it as a serious public health problem, we need multiagency involvement in the prevention and dispersal of information. ✿ Placement of pamphlets in various healthcare settings, both public and private, giving information about the signs and symptoms and free helpline numbers. ✿ Training personnel working in various healthcare settings to be able to catch the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse. Training them to ask the right questions and provide a safe space for victims. ✿ Infrastructure to provide psychological counselling for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Also for rehabilitation of the financially and socially weaker sections of women. ✿ Forming support groups. Validation of fears and feelings helps in the healing process. I think, many of us who are perceived as the fortunate few and belong to the creed of educated women, hurt the most. It’s important that we not only come together but also give voice to our concerns. We in turn could also form non formal support groups for the lesser privileged women.
I would wind this up by saying that this is not by any chance a scholarly article. It’s my take on the life I have lived and is supported by valid diagrams wherever needed.