Survivors of domestic violence walk among us and we may never be the wiser.
In the U.S. 20 people are abused or assaulted by their significant other every minute.
Take a second to let that sink in.
By year’s end, that equates to over 10 million men and women who have become victims of domestic violence. One in three women and one in four men have suffered a the hand of domestic violence, however women between the ages of 18 to 24 are the most at risk. While it isn’t uncommon to come in contact with a domestic violence survivor, most acts go unreported and only 34 percent of those injured from violence seek medical attention. The stigmas associated with being a domestic violence victim cause many to live out their lives in fear and embarrassment.
Domestic violence is not just an issue in the U.S., either. Serbia has an alarming number of domestic assaults each year. With an estimated 19,000 domestic violence incidents annually, many Serbians do not have the health education or the means to seek out the help they so desperately need.
Watch as one Serbian woman bravely shares a year in her life.
The PSA details her battle with an abusive boyfriend. The campaign raised awareness not only in Serbia but worldwide.
If you think someone is being abused, reach out to them. And if you or someone you know are experiencing any form of domestic violence, it’s important to know that there are resources out there.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has resources that help report and treat victims of domestic crimes, while also crafting a personalized safety plan to help prevent the threat of the violence from happening in the future.