October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The question is what should we be aware of?
It is important to accept and acknowledge that Domestic Violence happens in our community.
The truth is:
- 1 in 4 women will be victims of Domestic Violence in their lifetime.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
- Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes, both by women and men.
- Verbal and emotional abuse ARE Domestic Abuse.
- 30 to 60 percent of perpetrators of intimate partner violence also abuse children in the household.
Abuse is a cycle that is perpetuated from generation to generation. Violence is not intrinsically in our nature as human beings, it is a learned behavior. When children witness violence in the home, they are more likely to become abusers or a victim to an abuser. Domestic Violence is a serious issue that can lead to psychological trauma, severe injury and death.
If we, the community, can't acknowledge and recognize Domestic Violence, then how can we help stop the cycle of abuse?
Here is some history.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the first Day of Unity
observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
(NCADV). The intent was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end men's violence against women and children. The Day of Unity
soon became a special week when a range of activities was conducted at the local, state and national levels.
These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had a common theme: mourning those who have died because domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held. In conjunction, that same year the first national toll-free hotline was started. In 1989, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month commemorative legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress -- such legislation has passed every year since. The Day of Unity
is celebrated on the first Monday in October.
Now, DVAM is a national movement that works to bring domestic violence and its prevention to the front of public debate. Every October, DVAM activities are planned across the country. National, statewide, and community-based domestic violence prevention and victim service organizations around the nation mark DVAM with recognition ceremonies, memorial activities, public education campaigns, community outreach events, news conferences and much more.
Help stop the cycle of abuse and support victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. If you would like more information or have questions, please call Someplace Safe at 1-800-974-3359, visit the Need Help
section on our website at www.someplacesafe.info
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