Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) aims to spread awareness, mourn lost lives, create networks for support and change, and celebrate survivors.
Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects everyone regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner.
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90 percent of these children are eyewitnesses.
- 45.1 percent of Black women and 40.1 percent of Black men have experienced intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
- 57 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
Domestic Violence Is More Than Intimate Partner Violence
Domestic Violence (DV) is not limited to intimate partners; it can happen in all relationships. It is a pattern of behaviors to gain and maintain power and control. This can occur between siblings, from parent to child and child to parent. Referred to as family violence, this also fits within the definition of DV. People experiencing this type of abuse also need help, resources, and advocacy.
- Wear Purple. Widely known as the unifying symbol of DVAM, it is significant in raising awareness and can serve as a symbol for those in need.
- Provide Resources. Sharing resources and providing education can help those experiencing DV recognize the signs of abuse. Information such as hotlines, creating safety plans, and nearby shelters are crucial information.
- Meet People Where They Are. If someone reaches out to you experiencing DV, do your best to meet people where they are. The phrase ‘How can I support you?’ is powerful.
- Donate. Many local domestic violence agencies rely on financial support from their community to provide life-changing services. Contact your local agency to find out how to donate monetary or purchase items from their shelter wish list.
- Volunteer Your Time. Volunteers are essential resources for providing quality services to communities. Many agencies have roles with various time commitments.