Say No To Domestic Violence.
“Four walls do not make a home.” For us to call a space home, we must fill it love, peace, joy, respect, tolerance, and compassion. Domestic violence cannot thrive when all these are present.
Simply put, domestic violence is any form of violence that takes place in a domestic space. One or more people could inflict domestic violence on one or more people at the same time or over a period.
Domestic violence often leads to serious, lifelong physical injuries or even death. It also has a negative impact on the mental health of parties involved.
Here in Nigeria, we mostly think of domestic violence in terms of physical spousal assault; however, this dastardly act can take place in several insidious forms such as emotional, financial, verbal, and mental violence. Children, relatives, elderly parents, and domestic help are vulnerable to being victims of violence in the domestic space they inhabit.
Children who grow up in a home devoid of peace and love, one filled with violence, end up being scarred on several levels. They become distrustful of other people, have low self-esteems, or both. They could even become violent to other people, as that is what they have seen at home. There are more impacts it has on a child. All these effects are never positive.
If we want a better society, a more positive society filled with right-thinking individuals, we have to make sure our homes are loving. A family is the smallest unit of society. Charity begins at home. We should have it at the back of our mind that the state of our country, however way it is, is a reflection of the aggregate of how most homes are. As stated earlier, the effect of domestic violence on an individual lives long way into the person’s adult life.
Currently, there are not much shelter homes to accommodate people who experience domestic violence. We hope with time, our society can develop into one that can cater to the needs of people who have nowhere to turn to when they experience violence at home, those times when home is no longer home.
Any form of violence is a crime against humanity. No one should have to endure the horrors of being mistreated under any guise. People who engage in this act should have adequate punitive measure taken against them because they hurt the right of other people.