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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Some facts from the Centers for Disease Control on Intimate Partner Violence:

Women are most likely to be assaulted by someone they know, including relatives and acquaintances.

Women who grew up in abusive households are more likely to enter abusive relationships as adults. This is one of the most common factors in cases of abuse.

Women who believe in more rigid gender norms are also more likely to suffer abuse, and accept it.

Abuse doesn’t go on in a vacuum. Another factor that contributes to abuse is the apathy of those who could offer help, like neighbors and family. Sometimes people think it isn’t their business, until it’s too late.

http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/riskprotectivefactors.html

It doesn’t have to be this way. If you or someone you know needs help, call 911 and do something about it. You’d want someone to do the same for you.

More info on domestic violence is available here:

The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline – available 24/7. 866-331-9474 or TDD 866-331-8453

The National Sexual Assault Hotline – available 24/7 in English and Spanish. 800-656-4673

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. chaotican says:

    Thanks for this!

    There is also a whole new emerging class of victim. Those who are really rather strong and independent and dominate the relationship are sometimes apt to fall for swooning and then controlling partners.

    I appreciate the shout out for DV awareness month!

  2. jnonymous81 says:

    You’re right! ANYONE can become a victim. And a lot of people don’t always realize that they’re victims until the abuse has been going on for awhile.

  3. Dr. Kai says:

    Thanks for your important work. My wife and I produced this video using my original song, “Don’t Feel Like Heaven Anymore,” in order to heighten awareness regarding violence against women. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/R7ULJnApayw

  4. jnonymous81 says:

    Thanks for sharing this Dr. Kai, the song and video are great. This video has a certain graphic realism that might upset more sensitive types, but people need to see this kind of stuff so they understand how serious domestic violence is.

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