By Kate Montelione, Associate Board Member
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Domestic violence is an issue that affects more women than we realize, as their experiences are often trivialized or swept under the rug. Many survivors of domestic violence are silent about their battles, as their struggles have often been stigmatized and dismissed. It’s time to break that silence. The first step to battle domestic violence is simply to talk about it. Here’s a list of fast facts compiled from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence by the Women’s Issues Committee:
An average of more than 10 million men and women are abused by an intimate partner every year in the United States.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 18-24 year old women are the most common victims of domestic violence.
- 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims are women.
- Studies suggest depression and suicidal tendencies are correlated to domestic violence.
If you or someone you know are a victim of domestic violence, you can call the following hotline to speak to a trained advocate, 24/7:
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
For more information, please visit any or all of the following websites:
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: http://www.ncadv.org
- Family Violence Prevention Fund: http://endabuse.org
- Battered Women’s Justice Project: http://www.bwjp.org/index.html
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: https://www.rainn.org