DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH-PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
Six years later Domestic Violence Awareness Month was born and two years later the United States Congress recognized this cause. http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php
Highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness occurs every October and those who are victims and survivors will tell you that the abusers who torment and torture are active year around. Now is not a time to remain silent but to speak out about the effects of Domestic Violence. It is important to note what are causes for Domestic Violence but to also Pause for the cause and spread the word to others.
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive
behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every
community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.
Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is
part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury,
psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations
and truly last a lifetime.
Here are some facts and figures about Domestic Violence
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
85% of domestic violence victims are women.
Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf
For more information or to get help, please call:
THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE AT 1-800-656-4673
THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE AT 1-866-331-9474