01 Oct Domestic Violence Awareness
In 1981, October became National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It started as a day to connect battered women’s advocates across the country, providing the opportunity to come forward and share their story. Since then, October has been dedicated to educating people about the signs of domestic abuse. Domestic violence comes in many forms and isn’t always physical or verbal violence; it could also be stealing, stalking, or manipulation.
Domestic violence is a serious public health problem that affects millions of Americans, not specific to any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This equates to more than 10 million people a year.
Zeiders Behavioral Health Providers encourage us all to speak out. Talk with a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor about domestic violence. Talking about domestic violence helps erase stigma and shows survivors that they will be supported. Instead of shying away from this topic, use this opportunity to recognize red flags within a relationship and implement prevention methods.
If you are being abused by your partner, call the National Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), or search www.domesticshelters.org to find domestic violence programs in your area.