October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthCoalition against domestic violence. It provides an opportunity to honor survivors and to remember those who have died as a result of domestic violence. This month, we unite with other advocates who aim to end violence within intimate partner relationships.

Domestic violence is not specific to any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States.

Zeiders behavioral health providers encourage us all to speak out. When we talk with friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors about domestic violence, it helps erase stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported. Work to assure victims that they are not alone and that they have access to resources, such as emergency hotlines and counseling services.

Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple this month to show others that ending domestic violence is important to you. In particular, consider wearing purple to show your awareness and solidarity on October 25, National #PurpleThursday 2018!

If you are being abused by your partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or search www.domesticshelters.org to find domestic violence programs in your area.