Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), with the purpose to create and build awareness towards safe, healthy and loving relationships throughout the community, as well as promote the prevention of domestic violence. DVAM was originated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which evolved from the first Day of Unity in October of 1981.
Domestic violence not only touches the specific individual who is harmed, but it also touches every person in our society in some sort of shape or manner. One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime and nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence often suffer and endure these cruel acts in silence, and are often left to fend for themselves, not knowing where to turn for support and guidance. It violates a person’s safety, dignity, sense of security and basic human rights.
It is important for every community to stand up and join the movement for a better and safer society. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), anyone can make a difference in the community:
-Learn as much as you can about the issue.
-Talk about the issue with someone you may suspect is a victim of domestic violence.
- Educate young people that any kind of violence in any relationship is never acceptable.
-Invite community leaders and advocates to speak at town hall meetings and other community events about domestic violence.
-Consider bringing up issues regarding violence in the limelight at your workplace, your child’s school and through the media.
Those are just a few places to start. There can always be more you can do to make a difference. Not only can women be victims of domestic violence. Men and children can also be victims. Teaching and providing young people with education about healthy relationships and that violence should never be an answer is critical. Throughout the month of October in all communities, you can find events to attend that promote ending domestic violence, as well as educating those that may be unaware of this disturbing problem. Go online and find an event to attend near you, and help put an end to domestic violence in your community!