Erika Santos, is one of millions of individuals that has suffered from domestic violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence by an intimate partner makes up for 15% of all violent crime.
Despite the prevalence of domestic violence in women, psychotherapist Joy Stewart emphasizes that men are also victims of domestic violence. “We live in a society where we are more prone to believe women when they report being a victim of domestic violence,” said Stewart. Stewart also noted that any individual, despite social status, can become a victim of abuse.
Santos broke her cycle of domestic violence by reaching out to local organizations such as Women in Distress, Second Chance Society, and United Way of Florida. Breaking the cycle of domestic violence starts with reporting the abuse. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, find domestic violence programs in your area by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or the 211 Helpline.