Combating Domestic Violence Against Women in Rural Areas
Several attitudes toward violence, isolation, fear of exposure, lack of resources to facilitate leaving a violent relationship, and lack of sufficient services for victims of violence contribute to domestic violence. Domestic violence is an issue that tackles the social-cultural and humanitarian aspects of our modern world. Cultural stigmas have made themselves present throughout time which has worked to promote toxic masculinity and worked to undermine the rights of women. The issue itself is not related to religion, rather is related to society’s outlook and viewpoint on women. Rural areas face this issue at a higher rate due to the presence of factors such as lack of education, undeveloped mentality and lack of resources present which would assist victims to speak out. Rural areas will oftentimes be more distant from the modern world, which carries with it backward views and mentalities on a woman’s role and the manner in which is regarded. A study has shown that 37 percent of woman face domestic violence in rural areas in comparison to the 23.5 that do in Urban areas. These numbers could obviously be raised even higher in other countries. Domestic violence is an international issue that must be dealt with. Especially in areas that lack the appropriate resources and amenities to help a woman leave such situations and seek help. This social stigma may be embedded into people in all sectors of society in rural areas whereby it may provide a woman with a barrier of sorts. It also may also allow people to turn a blind eye to what they may see.
Creating A Framework to Appropriately Support Those Suffering from Mental Illness
Mental illnesses are health conditions that tend to manipulate one’s emotions, thinking, and/or behavior. There are various types of mental illnesses or “disorders” that could take over an individual’s well-being such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and many more. The topic of mental illnesses is often frowned upon and has always been avoided. This prevents those who are suffering from such mental illnesses to be afraid to seek help or treatment as they are worried about being judged by members of their community. Individuals tend to shame others on their suffering due to certain illness, which can result in worsening their state of mind and affecting their mental health. Unfortunately, some mental illnesses come consequences such as severe behavioral changes that could potentially lead to suicidal thoughts. This has been found to be the most prominent in teenagers as they lack the appropriate support in order to prevent such thoughts.
In some countries, mental health crises have arisen, and their root cause has been proven to be due to a lack of appropriate support from their communities and governments. Many fail to receive treatment for mental illnesses as mental health services are not always accessible and available to all. For some, it could also be quite costly therefore stopping them from seeking the appropriate help. An April 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll found that 13% of Americans could not afford to receive mental health treatments, 12% of Americans’ insurance wouldn’t cover treatments, 10% are afraid and/or embarrassed to receive help, and 8% did not know where to receive mental health care. This goes to show that in some of the major parts of the world, people are unaware of what it feels like to be suffering from a mental illness, as well as many countries do not know how to deal with or help those who are suffering. Therefore, it is about time to shine a light on the important issue of the lack of support towards those suffering from mental illnesses.