To live a healthy lifestyle one must be sound mind, body, and soul & stay away from any kind substance abuse. But how can one lead a healthy life when you feel unsafe in your own home in San Antonio, Texas? According to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten. On average nearly 20 people every single minute are physically harmed by their partner. Although these statistics primarily focus on physical harm, domestic violence is also controlling behaviors through emotional and psychological force. Domestic violence does not discriminate and affects millions of women across the country.
What Is The Correlation Between Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence?
In addition to these statistics, many studies have shown that a victim of substance abuse is more susceptible to domestic violence. When a victim is abusing substances such as heroin, the situation becomes more dangerous. The correlation between alcohol/drug abuse and domestic violence states that there may be some cause-and-effect between the two. Although substance abuse is a factor of domestic violence, it is not the only. The relationship between alcohol and other substance abuse can be complicated. Although there is a connection between the two, it is important to note that one does not cause the other. Alcohol and substance abuse causes misinterpretation of a partner’s actions and behaviors causing the abuser to perceive and process information in a different manner. These misinterpretations cause the abusers to respond in a violent manner. Substance abuse also increases power and domination causing partners to try and overpower each other leading to violence. Because of this many abusers use alcohol and substances as an excuse for being abusive, and victims use this as a coping mechanism.
October is domestic violence awareness month and in honor of this we would like to share some tips on how to protect yourself if you find yourself in an abusive relationship.
- Recognizing Abuse is the First Step to Getting Help. No one should have to endure the pains of an abusive relationship. The first step is recognizing that you are in an abusive situation. Domestic abuse often escalates over a matter of time starting off with threats, and leading to physical harm. Once you recognize the signs of the relationship you can begin to seek help.
- Call 911 and Report the Incident. Write down exactly what happened, leaving out no details. Make sure you keep records of the police report, incident number, and the officer on duty for further investigation.
- Seek Shelter in a Safe Place. Go and be protected at a domestic violence shelter. Many shelters are disguised, or off in distant areas for the victims to be fully protected. Going to a shelter provides support, medical attention, and will be there for you on your road to recovery.
- Do Not Blame Yourself. Battering cannot be defended as normal behavior in any relationship. Causing physical harm to someone is never ok and is not your fault. Every now and then disagreements happen, but responding to those conversations with harm is not acceptable.
- Gain Support of Caring People. Tell someone you trust about the abuse. Any person, family or friend, so that you do not have to face the abuser alone. Tell this confident in a safe environment, away from the abuser. Support agencies are there for this reason and are very helpful and knowledgeable on how to end an abusive relationship.
Don’t Allow Substance Abuse To Be An Excuse For Domestic Violence
Being that it is October, take this time to evaluate your relationship and the relationship of others to register any signs of domestic violence. The trauma experienced by domestic violence victims can also lead to substance abuse. Domestic violence and substance abuse should be treated as independent problems that need complex treatment and should not be seen as one causing the other.
Contact San Antonio Recovery Center today to seek help & to speak with an licensed substance abuse counselor.