Women who have been physically assaulted by a partner or spouse tend to camouflage injuries. Wearing make-up, accessories like sunglasses, scarves and/or skin-hiding clothing is often accompanied by not talking about the abuse.
An interesting make-up campaign is addressing the issue of physical violence by suggesting to speak up rather than hide injuries. The "It's Time You Spoke" campaign hopes to lift the veil of shame and helplessness of this aspect of domestic violence.
Support Groups and professional therapies can help bring understanding to the cycle of violence and traumatic bonding - and shelters can offer a safe haven.
Physical abuse has recently made headlines. The good that comes from something so tragic is that it brings awareness to the forefront. For more on the subject, visit the World Health Organization.