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Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is observed every October as an opportunity to bring light to the issue of domestic violence and its effects on victims, survivors, families, and communities. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember those who have experienced domestic violence, honor those who have lost their lives, and celebrate survivors.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in a relationship, in which one partner gains or maintains control over their partner using a variety of tactics. There are many forms of abuse, including:
Physical abuse – Physical pain, injury, suffering, or bodily harm.
Example: Hitting, slapping, shoving, restraining
Sexual abuse – Unwanted, forced, or non-consensual sexual activity.
Example: Forced sex, sex when partner is unable or unwilling to consent, unwanted groping or touching
Emotional/psychological abuse – Put-downs, threats, fear, and intimidation.
Example: Yelling, Swearing, Name calling, Isolating, Humiliating, Victim Blaming
Economic/financial abuse – Maintaining total control over financial resources, withholding access to money, making a person financially dependent on their abuser.
Example: Withholding money, stealing money, overuse of victim’s credit cards or benefits, preventing access to bank accounts
Anyone can fall victim to domestic violence, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, education level, or socioeconomic status. At Someplace Safe, our highly-trained advocates and volunteers provide free and confidential advocacy services to victims of crime and their families in our communities. In the past year, Someplace Safe assisted 1,996 victims and survivors of domestic violence, provided 500 of nights safety to women, men, and children fleeing domestic violence in their households, and completed safety plans with victims 3,885 times.
If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call your local Someplace Safe office or the 24-hour crisis line at 1-800-974-3359. For more information on domestic violence, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence website at: www.ncadv.org or www.someplacesafe.info