Each October we have the opportunity to raise awareness of the real and present danger that is domestic abuse. Domestic Violence Awareness month is so important because it enables people to talk about something that is often a taboo subject. It is also a great opportunity for domestic violence organizations to get the word out and let people know that they are there. All of October is a great time for people to become educated on the struggle that men, women, and children who are affected by domestic violence. It also offers a great opportunity for people who are currently suffering from domestic violence to speak up and get the help that they need!
Domestic violence is a very present danger in the United States alone. Oftentimes it goes unnoticed because it happens behind closed doors and the victims feel shame or sympathy for their abuser so they don’t speak up. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States has suffered domestic abuse of some sort in their lifetime. On average, twenty people are physically abused by an intimate partner. That adds up to over ten million men and women a year. Of all of these people, only thirty four percent will see a doctor for the injuries inflicted on them by their partner.
Domestic violence thrives because people don’t speak up or because they stand by idly instead of standing up for someone. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence don’t be afraid to reach out and tell someone you trust or call a domestic violence hotline. You can also raise awareness of domestic violence through social media and in your community by starting a fundraiser or a community outreach function. The only way that the abusers can win is if people don’t speak up. Do your part, speak up about domestic violence.