In Oregon in 2013, there were 34 individuals who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. Sixty-four percent of these victims were women. What can we do to keep more of these tragedies from occurring?
One major thing that can be done is to increase education about domestic violence. Understanding what domestic violence is and who it affects is an important step in decreasing the rate at which it occurs. It is also important because victims will often reach out to friends and family for help. To be most helpful in these situations, it is important to be educated about the issues.
Another important consideration is funding. Domestic violence resources are continually under-funded, despite being critical for keeping victims safe. Funding resources available to victims, such as legal representation and shelters, is critical for preventing further domestic violence.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic violence, please contact our firm for a free consultation on your legal rights.