As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, I want to acknowledge all victims and survivors of DV. You matter, you’re important and together we will rise.
Today is the last day of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month but every day of every month of every year is an opportunity to help someone get free from domestic violence. We need to learn to read between the lines. It takes a victim of domestic violence longer than a month to leave, to heal, to feel worthy, valued and loved. I challenge you the next time you are at the mall, your children’s school, a sporting event or even at your church service to look around the room and remember the staggering statistics of Domestic Violence. You will never see Domestic Violence in the same light again.
1 in 3 women have been victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
1 in 4 women have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
1 in 5 women in the United States has been raped in their lifetime. Almost half of female (46.7%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.
1 in 7 women have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence
A month of awareness is just a pebble in the sand compared to the vast amount of pebbles that lie on the ocean floor.
Speak Out Today!