October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A time to increase awareness about the serious issue of Domestic Violence.
Fight Against Domestic Violence is an organization which “provides education, awareness, outreach, and financial resources to the domestic violence victims and their community.” They’re behind the #TakeAStand17 movement this month, encouraging all to stand up against Domestic Violence.
I’ve signed up with FADV as an Activist Ambassador, committing to taking actions every month to help spread education – and figured that I might as well start doing some of that through this blog! So scattered through the rest of the month I’ll be sharing some information, stories, and resources.
There are a lot of different kinds of abuse, and often more than one form of abuse is present. Intimate partner violence is rampant – the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has some statistics – they note that in the United States alone an average of 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partners every minute. 1 in 2 women, and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.
And you have to imagine that these numbers don’t include those cases that go unreported and unrecorded….
The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).