Women are victims of violence worldwide. In Germany, every fifth woman becomes a victim of domestic violence in the course of her life. Every day, more than 140,000 women are abused in the EU. The figures speak for themselves: violence against women is a serious problem in our society.
Causes of violence against women
One of the main causes of violence against women is gender inequality. In a society where men and women are not equal, men often feel superior and have a sense of power. This can lead them to use violence against women to subjugate and control them. Another reason for violence against women is that many people still have the idea that men have the dominant gender role in society and women are subordinate. This attitude is often reinforced by the media, which often portrays men as strong and powerful and women as weak and helpless. These stereotypes can lead men to believe that it is okay to use violence against women because they see it as their right.
Preventing domestic violence against women
Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects many women worldwide. In Germany, one in five women becomes a victim of physical or sexual violence by her partner in the course of her life. The number of unreported cases is probably even higher, as many cases of domestic violence go unreported. In order to prevent domestic violence, it is important to take preventive measures. This can be done on an individual level as well as on a societal level. On an individual level, for example, women can learn to set their own boundaries and protect themselves. They should also learn to seek help when they are in a violent situation. On a societal level, prevention measures can be achieved through education and awareness-raising. It is important that society talks openly about the issue of domestic violence and supports victims of violence. Here are some tips that can help you prevent domestic violence:
Don’t be provoked
If your partner provokes you, try to stay calm and not respond to his or her provocations. Don’t let them provoke you into an argument and stay calm.
If your partner attacks you physically or verbally, you must make it clear that you will not tolerate it. Make it clear that you will not accept such treatment and, if necessary, keep your distance.
Inform yourself about domestic violence and your rights. This way you will know exactly what is going on and you will be better able to defend yourself or get help in case of emergency.
Talk to someone
Find someone you trust to talk to about everything. For example, a friend or family member can help you assess the situation and help you find help.
If you are in a dangerous or threatening situation, seek help immediately from the police or a women’s shelter. There you will receive professional support and be able to get to safety.
Violence against women is a widespread and serious problem. Many women suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence and are afraid to defend themselves or seek help. It is important that we all work together to combat this problem. We can contribute by being attentive and standing up for women’s rights. Every woman has the right to live in safety and to be treated without violence.