Several years ago I was at my doctor’s office for an annual physical. You know what that’s like – it starts with a ton of questions. What prescriptions are you on? How often do you exercise? But then she hit me with a question I didn’t really expect: “Do you feel safe at home?”
I do feel safe at home. And I realize that I am lucky to be able to say that. I told the nurse, “yes, I do. But I’m glad you ask that.” I guess that was a little too enthusiastic for her so she then asked me several follow up questions to make sure that wasn’t my way of telling her that I actually don’t feel safe at home. While slightly embarrassing, because I REALLY DO FEEL SAFE AT HOME I SWEAR, I loved that she took the time to prompt me further. Because what if I didn’t feel safe at home, and this was my opportunity to tell someone?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. From the National Network to End Domestic Violence:
“Domestic violence thrives when we are silent; but if we take a stand and work together, we can end domestic violence. Throughout the month of October, help NNEDV to raise awareness about domestic violence and join in our efforts to end violence.”
In the spirit of speaking up and stopping the silence of domestic violence, I want to share a story about my experience with domestic violence as a child. Thankfully, I am not the victim. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have spoken up. [Read more…]