What can we do for women
Violence Against Women - What Can You Do?
Violence against women is a subject that unfortunately receives far too little attention. Affected people are often perceived as individual cases. However, if you look at the current figures and studies on violence against women, a completely different picture emerges. In the case of official figures, one must also note that many cases of violence against women are not reported at all and therefore do not appear in the statistics. But how many women are affected now? In Germany one can assume that every 3rd to 4th woman has to experience violence in her life. With such a high number one almost has to assume that someone in their immediate environment has already had experience of violence. But what can you do? Information is the best way to combat violence against women. We have summarized the most important aspects in this post.
Violence against women has many faces
What exactly do we mean when we talk about violence against women? How can violence express itself? Domestic or physical violence is often thought of here. Physical violence, however, is only one aspect of the many forms of violence that women are exposed to. Sexual violence or rape, in particular, are forms of violence that unfortunately many women experience. Beyond that, violence doesn't always have to be physical. Psychological violence is also a major problem in our society. Psycho-verbal threats, insults or intimidating and controlling behavior are part of everyday life for many women. Women often experience physical violence in combination with psychological violence. Basically one can say that violence against women has many facets and always occurs when the interests and rights as well as the protection of the personal boundaries of a woman are impaired or exceeded.
Where do women encounter violence?
As soon as one speaks about violence against women, it is often assumed that women are being molested in public or that they experience violence from strange men. Although there is always violence against women by external and unknown people, a large part of the violence is perpetrated in the personal environment. The perpetrators often come from close personal circle of family or friends. Thus, violence against women is primarily not carried out on dark country lanes, but in the "protection" of one's own four walls. The fact that the perpetrators are often close friends makes it much more difficult for the women concerned to ask for help or to acknowledge the problem. The factor of psychological violence is often much more pronounced in a known person.
How can women prevent violence?
Before we deal in the next few paragraphs with how women who have been victims of violence can get help, we would first like to explain some tips on how every woman can protect herself from violence. Unfortunately, one has to realize that there can never be one hundred percent protection against violence. Nevertheless, the risk can be significantly reduced. We already explained at the beginning that there are various forms of violence. Women cannot prepare for every situation individually. Still, some basics can be learned. First of all, special self-defense courses for women can be attended. There you will learn how to defend yourself against physical violence. In addition to physical resistance, verbal resistance is also effective. In the case of psychological violence, it is more difficult to prepare, as the violence often occurs surprisingly or unnoticed over a long period of time. It helps here if you are aware of your own personality. Self-confidence and self-assertion are important keywords here. There are also special courses for women for this.
Help in an emergency - women's emergency number and women's shelters
Unfortunately, violence against women cannot always be prevented. So what can you do if you or someone you know is affected. In the first step, the so-called women's emergency number can help. There are advice centers throughout Germany that can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Women who have experienced violence and need help are picked up and looked after by professional staff at the women's emergency number. The offer is free and anonymous. If you wish, the employees can help you with the next sensible steps on the phone or simply have an open ear for you. The women's emergency number can also be contacted by concerned friends or members of the family.
You can get help here:
Women's emergency number in your area - www.bv-bff.de.
Help hotline violence against women - 08000116016
In addition to the women's emergency number, there are special women's shelters for women who have experienced violence and now feel unsafe at home or fear further violence there. Especially in the case of domestic violence, women and their children can find protection and help in a women's refuge. In the women's shelter you will find all the important contact points and specially trained employees who help professionally with every challenge.
A women's shelter near you can be found at: http://www.frauenhauskoordinierung.de/
What should women do after being raped?
One always speaks of rape when a woman is forced to engage in sexual acts under threat of violence. When women are rape, they are seriously injured, both physically and mentally. Often those affected are ashamed or simply try to forget the experience. However, this is exactly the wrong way to go! Women who have been raped should seek help as soon as possible and follow a few steps. After being raped, women should see a doctor as soon as possible to have the physical injuries documented and to collect important evidence. It often takes a few days before women open up and ask for help. From an emotional point of view understandable, but for the investigators valuable time in which evidence could be secured. Violence should therefore be reported and reported as quickly as possible. If the perpetrator is a person from your personal environment, this step is difficult, but very important.
In addition to these aspects, psychological support after a rape is extremely important. Even if it doesn't feel equally difficult for every affected woman at first, the mental burden of a rape is great. So someone should be with you in the time after the incident. In addition, therapeutic processing of the experiences is advisable.
Domestic Violence - What To Do?
In the case of domestic violence, women should seek help from a counseling center or a friend. In acute dangerous situations, the police should be informed under the well-known emergency number 110. Even if you learn of domestic violence in your personal environment or if you have concerns about a friend, you can take the same steps and thus help.
Gynecologist in Düsseldorf
We hope that this post has helped you and that society will continue to be sensitized to the topic. A trusted gynecologist can also be a good point of contact for first contact after experiencing violence. If you have any questions or concerns on the subject, we will be happy to talk to you and can help you with further experts.
Do you have any questions or would you like to make an appointment? Contact us.
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