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Maid Series & Horrifying Statistics. How To Identify Financial or Emotional Abuse?

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Yet for many women around the world, this is something that they had gone through. Even the story that inspired the Netflix show was based on what Stephanie Land had gone through. Land had escaped an abusive relationship and lacked any support from her family. As she revealed in her memoir, at one point she was on seven different forms of government assistance as she, a single mother without child care, worked the only job available to her, cleaning houses between 2008 and 2016. All that time, as she worked scrubbing people’s houses clean, she got through thanks to the love for her child and a dream that one day she could be a writer. And so, when she did publish her memoir “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and A Mother’s Will to Survive” it reached the New York Times bestseller list in 2019 and later the basis for the Netflix show. Speaking with CNN about her experiences, prior to the show’s release, Stephanie had said that for her, seeing her story on the screen felt validating and a relief to see her experience be shown in an authentic way. She had also touched upon the stigma and misconception that comes with people who are in poverty and struggling and hoped that the series and her story show people that it is difficult to get through the hoops of the system and it’s not as easy as “going out to get a better job”.

The Reality For Many Women

In a way there are many people who see the topic of domestic abuse as a taboo topic that should not be discussed in polite conversation. Yet this is a reality that men women around the world face. According to estimates published by the World Health Organization, globally about 1 in 3 women have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime. That is about 30%. Furthermore, almost one-third (27%) of women aged 15-49 who have been in a relationship, report that they have been subjected to some sort of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. And if that in itself wasn’t terrifying enough, WHO had also reported that globally, as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. While the abuse in itself is horrific, it is not always physical, so make sure to read on to find out what other kinds of abuse there are.

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