October is domestic violence awareness month and advocates are working to put an end to one of Mississippi's biggest health concerns.

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Domestic Violence: A Man’s Problem?

By Daniel Cherry | Published 30 Sep 2011 05:15pm | comments

A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics says more than 3 women are killed each day by their boyfriend or husband. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how advocates are trying some new approaches to curbing domestic abuse.

Domestic violence is a major health concern across the nation...especially for women. Tony Porter is the Co-Founder of A Call to Men...a national organization aimed at stopping domestic violence but they target men.

"Right now we look at domestic violence as a woman's issue, while the reality is 95% of those who perpetrate the violence are men, but we call it a woman's issue. It's really a man's issue. This is about us and our behavior."

Porter says all men are facilitating domestic violence by allowing disrespectful behavior toward women to continue.

"We're taught to have less value in women. We're taught to view them as the property of men. We're taught also to view them as sexual objects."

Porter is challenging all men to call out others when they see this kind of behavior. Voncele Savage spent 40 years in an abusive marriage. She now she's speaking out in hopes of helping other women.

"You think you're alone, and you think you can't tell anybody. You're embarrassed. You're ashamed. You feel guilty when actually it's the perpetrator that should be feeling those emotions."

Some estimates say only 1 percent of acts of domestic violence are reported. Anna Walker Crump is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She says they're now training others to spot a violent relationship.

"Too often domestic violence is a crime of silent witnesses. So what we try to do is help educate the general public, friends, family members, church groups, whomever, so they can help recognize the signs of domestic violence, and be able to help a victim know, ''Hey, there are resources available to assist you."

Mississippi is 16th in the nation for domestic violence homicides. Crump says keeping quiet only increases the risk of becoming part of that statistic.

 

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