Domestic violence advocate warns holidays can be a volatile time for relationships
LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / July 1, 2021 / Statistics show that holidays - especially those such as Independence Day, where alcohol consumption plays a large role - report an increase of domestic injuries. But, regardless of a rowdy celebration, here's a broader view; 1-in-3 women and 1-in-4 men experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Eli Hilomen, a renowned domestic violence recovery expert, warns that abuse comes in many forms. 'It doesn't always result in bruises and broken bones. Domestic violence can include a range of behaviors including, slapping, and shoving. Emotional, sexual, and psychological trauma inflicted by an intimate partner can feel just as violent as a broken jaw.'
Hilomen should know. She, herself, is a survivor of domestic violence - and today, the founder and operator of House of Helping Hands (HHH). A Los Angeles-based center for recovery, personal experience from Hilomen helped design HHH's programs to address the root of continued abuse. 'It took me years to understand that low self-esteem was at the crux of keeping me stuck in the cycle of abuse.'
A common abuser tactic, says Hilomen, is to keep their partner isolated, uneducated, and financially dependent. 'Control and intimidation sit at the top of the abuser toolbox.' She concedes that simply being aware of manipulation doesn't do much good. 'It took me years to leave. You think you love them; you think they'll change, and you know you can't support yourself and your children without them. But you're mistaken.'
That's precisely where organizations like The House of Helping Hands come into play. They offer temporary housing, social service connections and job training to those who want it. Additionally, the non-profit has joined forces with corporate and community partners to provide 100 percent job placement for those who participate in the Helping Hands program.
'We assist and empower survivors so that they gain the tools and self-confidence to begin life on their own, free from the ties that pulled them down. If I could do it, anyone can. There is no shame in asking for help.'
About House of Helping Hands
Like all non-profit organizations, donations made to House of Helping Hands are tax-deductible. In order to ensure donations are deducted correctly, please consult your tax professional. In addition to providing services for survivors of domestic violence, House of Helping Hands actually prepare taxes for its donors to ensure that they’re able to take full advantage of the tax deductions on their donation. House of Helping Hands has a team of qualified Enrolled Agents who are survivors of domestic violence. This ensures that donors are able to support victims of abuse at the same time as filing their taxes properly.
SOURCE: House of Helping Hands