This week’s post is by my brilliant sister, Leslie Malkin, a long-time advocate for domestic abuse prevention.
One in four.
That’s how many women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Think about four women you know. Then realize that at least one of them has or will experience some form of domestic violence. Your mom? Sister? Aunt? Yourself?
I never expected to be the one in four. I had a law degree. I was a judicial officer. And later I actually worked for a State domestic violence coalition, educating others about DV. If you’d asked any of my friends they would have told you that I was a strong, independent woman. I identified as a feminist from early childhood. Yet I became a victim of domestic violence.