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October is domestic violence awareness month, background with purple ribbon.

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Did you know that October is the National Domestic Violence Awareness month? Domestic Violence Awareness month derived from “Day of Unity,” which is the first Monday of October. Congress passed Public Law 101-112, which recognizes October as the national awareness month each year. The need for awareness is crucial to those who have survived and work with domestic violence; it also gives people the opportunity to mourn those who did not survive the abuse.

Being educated is just the beginning to understanding and recognizing domestic violence. Alarmingly, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men are victims of domestic violence by their significant other. The most common ages are 18-24. Violence is displayed from women and men, unlike the typical stereotype that women are the only ones abused.

Many have heard the term “domestic violence,” but may not know all that it entails. The observance of domestic violence may go unnoticed by the general public or even the victim. Generally, a behavioral pattern is present. This pattern may include instances of mental abuse such as control, sexual abuse and physical abuse.

So, why do they stay? Self-esteem is damaged beyond foreseeable repair. The pattern or cycle typically evolves bouts of violence as well as apologizing: “the honeymoon” stage. Sharing a life together, even a negative one, provides security to some extent. Many victims have been forced to lose contact with the outside world including family, careers, and friends. Without their spouse, the feeling of being alone may over power the urge to leave. Financially, one may find it impossible to survive. Finally, leaving is frankly, terrifying. In fact, women are 70 times more likely to be murdered after leaving their abuser than if they were to stay.

As a community, awareness can be spread. Participating in Domestic Violence Awareness Month will encourage change through becoming active in the movement to end domestic violence. Let’s break the cycle together and bring the violence out of the shadows.

Women’s Center Of East Texas – 903-295-7526 (24⁄7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233

 

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