October designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Bringing awareness to an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men, October is observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. First observed in 1987, October has served as a month to educate the public on the ongoing issue of domestic violence, recognizing that domestic violence and sexual assault are issues that happen every day.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, equating to more than 10 million people a year becoming victims of domestic abuse.
Domestic Violence is defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline as “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship” and can be perpetuated against anyone, regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation.
The NCADV urges anyone seeking help to reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Anyone can call the hotline 24/7 and all calls will be completely confidential and anonymous.