Domestic Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Across the country, state coalitions, non-profit agencies, community organizations, colleges and universities take this time to educate the community on the prevalence impact of domestic violence. U.S. News and World Report published some sobering statistics this month. According to the CDC, every minute 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. U.S. News and World Report asserts that the majority of domestic abuse offenders are not the spouses of victims – they are most likely current or former boyfriends or girlfriends. Women between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to experience intimate partner violence. The impact on victims is just as sobering as the prevalence. Domestic violence makes people more likely to suffer from depression, suicidal behavior and negatively affects work performance (U.S. News, 2015).
There are various opportunities to learn more about domestic violence throughout the month, such as events which take place on October 14th sponsored by the Healthy State Committee and on October 27th sponsored by Student Health Promotion, among others. If you would like to learn more about domestic violence, warning signs, prevalence, how to help a friend or its impact on individuals and society, please contact Student Victim Assistance.