Thursday, October 14, 2010
I know a lot of people are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but did you also know that it is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month too? I think the purple ribbons get lost among the pink ones but there is no reason why the two cannot be worn together as they are both issues that affect thousands of women everyday.
Besides being the leading cause of injury to women in the United States (a woman is beaten every 15 seconds), it is an issue of increasing concern because of its negative effect on all family members, especially children. Domestic violence is not only physical and sexual violence but also psychological. The batterer uses acts of violence and a series of behaviors, including intimidation, threats, psychological abuse, and isolation to coerce and to control the other person. The violence may not happen often, but can be a hidden and constant terrorizing factor. No one deserves to be abused. The responsibility for the violence belongs to the abuser. It is not the victim's fault!
Domestic Violence Awareness month was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and each October agencies across America devote the month to conduct a range of activities at the local, state, and national levels. These activities range from pet parades, marches, vigils and even pumpkin picking! This is just a sample of the activities being conducted by agencies in my area so be sure to check out your local paper, or better yet, find out more information about Domestic Violence Prevention programs in your area. These programs need help year around and can always use a volunteer, even if it is just to pass out flyers about program services or organizing clothing donations.
These programs exist to help raise awareness, try to hold offenders accountable for their actions and to provide survivors with services and tools to help rebuild and heal their lives. Pledge to end violence in our homes and in our communities!
To learn more about Domestic Violence please visit the following link:
National Coalition against Domestic Violence: www.ncadv.org/
If you feel you are in a violent relationship and need help please call:
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (or visit www.ndvh.org/
You are not alone!