How many times have you said to yourself, “I deserve better’? How many times have you wiped a tear away, or a trickle of blood? How many times have you stayed? If you answered these questions with a number other than 0, you are not alone. Statistics show that 30% of lesbian couples deal with domestic violence at some level within their relationships. The definition of domestic violence refers to any assault (physical, verbal, emotional, or psychological) between two people who are related through marriage/ unions, family, dating relationship, as roommates, or have been related in any of these ways at one point in time. Domestic violence is about power and control. One partner uses intimidation and control tactics to gain power in the relationship, ultimately stripping the other of their dignity, respect, and self esteem. Omicron Epsilon Pi Sorority, Inc. is devoted to being a strong community advocate for the eradication of this ever growing epidemic that has been ignored for far too long.
Each year, between 50,000 and 100,000 lesbians are battered and report it. The reported battery does not include the psychological, verbal, or emotional forms of domestic violence. These often forgotten areas of domestic violence, regardless of the severity, are not being reported as they should be. Community resources are not being utilized. The stigma associated with domestic violence has created a “don’t ask, don’t tell” syndrome. Embarrassment, guilt, and lack of options have forced many victims to try to handle the situation themselves. Why should this be socially acceptable? Why should someone ever be allowed to feel like it is easier to stay than to get help? Omicron Epsilon Pi Sorority, Inc. is done asking and living with “Why”. Now we are demanding “How”! How do we improve the community resources that are available? How do we erase and instill a new mindset regarding domestic violence in our community? How do we get the community involved, and have them understand it is problem that affects us all?
Omicron Epsilon Pi Sorority, Inc. is committed to finding the answers to these questions as well as so many others. We have obligated ourselves to being the bridge between the community, and community resources. In order for this problem to be eliminated, there has to be a strong community understanding, as well as acknowledgement that this problem exists. These are some links that will help you gain more knowledge of what domestic violence truly is, and how it affects our community.