National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October): Domestic violence is the infliction of violence or other abuse upon a domestic partner, typically an intimate spouse. Such abuse may be physical, emotional or sexual. While domestic violence is reported among both men and women, women between the ages 18-24 are the most common victims of partner abuse.
This October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and acknowledge those impacted by the epidemic.
The statistics associated with domestic violence are staggering, with more than 10 million American men and women reporting being physically abused by an intimate partner each year.
In honor of DVMA, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is asking people to Take a Stand, a call to action encouraging society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. To commemorate this cause, here are three ways to stop domestic violence:
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #1: Speak Up
If you suspect someone is a victim of domestic violence, report it immediately. 19 percent of all domestic violence cases involve a weapon, which greatly increases the risk of injury or death. Early intervention can help save a victim’s life. It is also a good idea to recognize the signs of domestic violence. Check out The Pixel Project’s article on how to detect domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #2: Educate Your Community
Domestic violence is a sensitive subject that many do not feel comfortable talking about, especially the victims. However, it is important to raise awareness about the issue so everyone can recognize the signs of domestic violence and learn how to intervene safely if necessary. Reach out to your local police offers or women’s rights organization to organize town hall meetings and community events to help spread awareness about domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month- Prevention Tip #3: Use Technology
If you are someone you suspect is a victim of domestic violence, consider using the benefits of technology to help put a stop to the abuse. Many smart phones offer apps designed to alert a support network of loved ones when a victim is in danger. A simple click of a button can alert the authorities or anyone who can help in a time of need. Try the award-winning Circle of 6 app to put a stop to domestic violence today.
To do your part in putting an end to domestic violence, check out NCADV’s 31 Ways in 31 Days, an online guide designed to help you spread awareness through the month of October.