Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple ribbon on the left with “October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in white text over purple background. Underneath says “Break the Silence. End the Violence” in tan text. Since 1981, the month of October has been dedicated to recognizing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is most commonly represented with the color purple, as it symbolizes peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence. 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. This form of abuse 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 issue that affects every community, not specific to any age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. On average, nearly 20 Americans per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. 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. It is important to break the stigma surrounding this issue and use this opportunity to recognize red flags within a relationship and implement prevention methods.

If you are experiencing abuse 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.