October is the month set aside to build domestic violence awareness and to remember those who have been victims of this horrible ctrime. How many of you are aware that October was set aside for this? It has been in effect since 1987. That’s 27 years and I would bet at least fifty percent of you weren’t aware. I didn’t know either until about fifteen years ago, and I expect that was because of my work. It’s one of those social issues, similar to child abuse, that we just don’t want to hear about. But it does exist and is going strong. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence approximately 1.3 million women are victims of domestic assault every year. One in every 4 women will experience abuse in their lifetime. I speak mostly of women because 85% of the domestic abuse is on women. On top of that, it’s generational. Children who witness abuse between their parents are more likely to be abusers, or victims of abuse as adults. And where there is abuse on partners, there is greater chance of abuse on the children as well.
What can we do about it? Start by being aware, and by reporting abuse when you see it. Most fatalities from this crime are not the perpetrators first act. It escalates over time.
The first Monday of October is set aside as the Day of Unity for victims of abuse and awareness promotion. If you want to participate in this campaign please LIKE this post and SHARE. The purple ribbon is the symbol–pass it on.