It's up to us women, to help other women, when we see something or when we hear something. Every year, more than 30'000 women die because of domestic abuse, about 148 every day, and that was before the pandemic. Twice as many women were killed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Domestic homicides are the tragic end of a cycle of abuse and violence. When a female loses her life, it is not without predictions, there are incidences of verbal and other forms of violence. The pattern is established long before the homicide.
Around the world, helplines and associations have seen an increase in their calls (up to + 200%) of women risking their lives trying to make a call when they're prisoners in their own home.
There are survivors of these terrible abuse and there are fighters and warriors, such as Anna Rivina, from Russia. She has a PhD in Law and is the co-founder and Director of Abuse Problem Resolution Center “Nasiliu.net”.
Anna created a help map with information on crisis centers across the country for the victims of domestic violence along with video instructions on how to behave when faced with violence and created many more important media projects. She is now facing eviction and being ostracized by the Russian government under "Foreign Agent" designation. One of Rivina’s biggest challenges is convincing the government that organizations like hers are not the enemy.
So ladies, I'm urging you to respect yourself enough to say NO to any kind of violence or abuse, and if you see something, hear something, please say something and report it. Silence is not an option.
This woman in pain, suffering or dying could be your friend, your sister, your mother. She is not a stranger.
“Walk away from every vicious act. Never look back.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita