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By the time you finish reading this paragraph, nearly 20 people will become victims of domestic violence. Over the course of one year, that will equal more than 10 million people. Whether you are a victim or know a victim, domestic violence affects us all. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Let this be a time to heal, to be aware, and work towards prevention.

What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse.

Who are the victims of domestic violence?
Anyone can be the victim of domestic violence.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be the victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
1 in 6 women and one in 14 men experienced contact sexual violence by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Children are victims too.
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

What are the long-term effects of domestic violence?
For the victims who survive, domestic violence is a lasting trauma. Domestic violence has been linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Other issues linked to domestic violence include unintended pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, nutritional deficiency, abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal problems, neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as diseases such as hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Victims of domestic violence are also at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

Is there any way to prevent domestic violence?
No victim should be blamed for domestic violence, as no one chooses to be abused. Increasing awareness and providing support for those who are abused is the best way to prevent domestic violence.
Know the signs. While some signs of domestic violence may not show up until months into a relationship, some signs are there from the beginning:
Being jealous of your friends or time spent away from your partner
Discouraging you from spending time away from your partner
Embarrassing or shaming you
Controlling all financial decisions
Making you feel guilty for all the problems in the relationship
Preventing you from working
Intentionally damaging your property
Threatening violence against you, your pets or someone you love to gain compliance
Pressuring you to have sex when you don’t want to
Intimidating you physically, especially with weapons

Leaving an abusive relationship is sometimes easier said than done. Leave if you can safely. Leaving a domestic abuse relationship is often the most dangerous time for a victim. Of those victims, the danger can be more serious for racially and sexually marginalized communities.

Write everything down.
If you are in an abusive relationship, document everything. Write down the dates, times, take pictures. All this information will be useful when filing a police report or a court case.

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Video Shows Katt Williams Running Away From Wanda Smith’s Husband as He Pulls Out Gun

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It appears the “Friday After Next” actor was telling the truth about Wanda Smith’s husband pulling a gun out on him last Saturday. Smith’s husband denied those claims and said he was running after Williams and his gun fell out of his pocket. Now that we have actual video footage of the altercation we know *Maury voice* that was a lie. Check out the video below and see for yourself.

 

 

As of right now Wanda nor her husband had said anything about the video.

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Black Sister Drags Careless White Woman for Leaving Her Kids in a Hot Car [VIDEO]

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After hearing so many stories of white people calling the police on Black people for simply existing this summer this story will have screaming. Memphis folks have been known to jump gates but they also roast the entire sh*t out of you.

A white woman left her kids in the car as she went into a retail store to apparently look for an outfit as the woman recording the video stated when she finally saw her. She walked up to the car and saw what seemed to be 3 kids in the car and one looked as if they were a couple of months old. She asked the kids “Where y’all momma at?” and they told her she was in the store.

“Why you leave your kids in the car with yo dumb ass?!”

Homegirl dragged her ass so bad that she walked back in the car and left before she had a chance to call the police. Children’s bodies heat up much faster than adults’ do, and on average, 37 children die from being left in hot cars each year, according to the National Safety Council. So this woman probably just saved these kids lives. Take a look.

 

 

“THEM HOT ASS BALLONS!”

 

 

Can someone find this woman? Please!

 

What would you have done?

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“It’s a Dream Come True” Porsha Williams Announces Pregnancy

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Our favorite Atlanta housewife, Porsha Williams, is expecting her first child after suffering from a miscarriage six years ago.

Williams told People Magazine,  that once she heard the news she was excited, yet fearful. Fearful because the reason she lost the first baby due to suffering from fibroids and having to have a myomectomy. The thirty-seven year old is leaning on her boyfriend, Dennis McKinley, for support.

Williams exclaims, “The thought of me getting that blessing after praying for it for so long and getting that blessing with someone who is just as excited as me — it’s Dennis’ first child, just like me — and it’s something we’ve both always wanted … It’s like a dream come true.” While the pregnancy is a surprise for the both of them, Williams says that it has brought them closer together and they’ve become a family overnight.

Hopefully we get to witness Williams’ pregnancy journey on the upcoming season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

We wish Porsha a successful pregnancy here at King of Reads.

 

 

 

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