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Syracuse Group Looks to Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects tens of millions of Americans each year. Find out how

By Stefan Oliva SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a quarter of American women and one in seven men in the U.S. have experienced severe intimate partner violence. Also commonly referred to as domestic violence, these cases refer to situations where the victims were either beaten, choked, slammed against something or had a knife or gun used on them, among other things.

A June 5 hosted by the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) aimed to raise awareness about domestic violence.

George Kilpatrick, the men’s outreach coordinator for Syracuse’s Vera House, said consent plays a huge part in preventing intimate partner violence and enthusiasm is a crucial part of that.

During a reenactment of a person giving consent, Kilpatrick changed his levels of enthusiasm.  “Yeah I want to do it,” he said, with an unenthusiastic tone of voice while reenacting someone who’s not interested in sex. “Yeah I wanna do it!” he exclaimed with jubilation, imitating someone who would be interested in sexual activity.

Many factors contribute to domestic violence, but one stands out above the rest. “[A reason it happens is] possibly bullying, one wanting to have power over the other,” said Hiba Attia, the community engagement coordinator for the SNCC. “[Another reason could be someone] wanting to feel he or she is something, so more to boost your ego or self-esteem.”

Kilpatrick also noted not all the forms of intimate partner violence are physical. There’s emotional and verbal abuse, along with stalking and psychological manipulation. The Vera House compiled data in 2017 about law enforcement response to domestic and sexual violence.

For those in need of help, Vera House has a 24-hour hotline crisis number for intimate partner violence victims to call: 315-468-3260. Also, the CDC offers to help victims address some of the effects that come with domestic violence -like being fearful, PTSD symptoms and safety concerns- with various online resources.