October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that almost 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, equating to more than 10 million people per year? Or that on a usual day, more than 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence hotlines in the US? According to the CDC, intimate partner violence is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Study, physical violence by an intimate partner was experienced by almost a third of women (32.4%) and more than a quarter of men (28.3%) in their lifetime. And, about 1 in 3 women (36.3%) and nearly 1 in 6 men (17.1%) experienced some form of contact sexual violence during their lifetime. 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence. Victims of domestic violence are at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

The national awareness campaign was originally founded by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The campaign has three themes that have remained the same since the campaigns conception in 1981:

* Mourning those who have died because of intimate partner violence

* Celebrating those who have survived

* Connecting those who need assistance to those who work to end violence

New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline

1-800-942-6906 English & Español/Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711

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