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October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month


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Domestic Violence is a Problem Nationwide – Our Communities Are Affected Too

by Daniel Gilbert, Unspoken Voices


October is upon us! There are a few important things happening within this month. However, the most vital part we would like you to know about is that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence happens all too frequently—whether it is towards women, men, long term partners, short term relationships, newlyweds, or individuals who have been married for over thirty years. Each of these relationships should not be fear-based or turn cruel. The violence must be prevented.

Domestic Violence is a widespread problem in the US and worldwide. Just to show a very small potion of the problem, here are some statistics. According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW):

In 2011, there were 27,288 domestic violence cases in the state of Minnesota. 2,853 cases were Felony Domestic Assault, 2,863 were Gross Misdemeanor Domestic Assault, 10,607 were Misdemeanor Domestic Assault, and 10,965 cases were Orders For Protection in family cases.
— MCBW

These shocking numbers come from just in one state! Please understand, both women as well as men can become victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen in religious and non-religious families. Both straight as well as gay couples can perpetuate the cycle of violence.

According to MCBW, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have experienced stalking. Overall, these statistics have changed since 2010. Now, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men are victims of severe physical violence.

More than 20,000 domestic violence phone calls are placed on an average day, nationwide. There are many more examples and statistics of domestic violence that illustrate how serious this problem has become.

If you or someone you know is being assaulted, stalked, or is a victim of any form of domestic violence, on behalf of Unspoken Voices, please find help with the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. We are here to help and stand beside you.

National Hotline: 800-799-7233

Unspoken Voices: 888-907-0414

Source Material:
http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-factsheet.pdf
http://media.wix.com/ugd/f4bdb8_71c51665a18193dd139c43cd9f0699e4.pdf