“Awareness isn’t just October, it’s every month,” said SAVE Housing First Manager Annie, a domestic violence survivor who preferred not to give her last name.
October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children’s emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare workers, law enforcement professionals, educators and school staff, and policy makers. There are also other organizations helping in creating policies in order to fight domestic violence, such as The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership) is California’s recognized domestic violence coalition, representing over 1,000 advocates, organizations and allied groups throughout the state. Through their public policy, communications and capacity-building efforts, they align prevention and intervention strategies to advance social change. They believe that by sharing expertise, advocates and policy-makers can end domestic violence. For nearly 40 years, they have inspired, informed and connected all those concerned with this issue.
The numbers are outracing the capacity of the resources, officials say on a typical day in California local domestic violence hotlines receive nearly 20,000 calls. That’s nearly 15 calls every minute.
No one should be harassed or troubled by any of this violent situations, but if you are involved in, make sure you have the right legal assistance to solve your problem.
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