With an estimated 4 million victims a year, it’s a good bet that domestic violence–and it’s devastating consequences to the women, men, children, relatives, friends and even co-workers of those involved–will touch the life of every single American at some point in time. And, it’s not just a problem here in the US, domestic violence has been called a worldwide social epidemic!!
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month but every month should be…a time to recommit to ending violence within our homes, our communities, our country and wherever in the world we can reach.
Let’s raise our voices in remembrance of those who’ve died from thisepidemic; reach out to those who are presently suffering abuse to tell them help IS out there, though it’s not an easy course to travel; try to inform those youngsters who may be heading down the rocky road to abuse right now that there’s safer path to take and we WANT you to find that path. And finally, let’s celebrate the resilience of those domestic violence survivors who are leading the way for us all.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but every month should be. If you’re in an abusive relationship and need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TDD). And check out the Crime Prevention 101 radio show for more resources.