A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is a serious crime and health issue that we don’t often talk about. The secrecy that surrounds domestic violence is one of the reasons why is still persists. To help change that, every October we celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity, as individuals, families, and communities, to reflect on the impact of domestic violence and to create a dialogue about ways to prevent it as well ways to support those who are affected by it.

Domestic violence, which can include emotional abuse, isolation, and threats, as well as physical violence, by one person in an intimate relationship to the other, affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in her and his lifetime (CDC, 2011). This cycle of abuse takes a tremendous toll on the victim or survivor, inflicting fear and trauma that can last a long time. It can also affect the family of loved ones who experience domestic violence, including children. For this, we know that the impact spills into the community, affecting schools, workplaces, and faith communities.

To address domestic violence, then, a community response is needed. Everyone can play a role in preventing domestic violence and creating a culture in which survivors are supported. If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, you can do a lot to support them by listening nonjudgmentally, telling them that the abuse is not their fault, and kindly encouraging them to seek resources that may be able to help. In a relationship with domestic violence, the survivor is often controlled and coerced by the perpetrator, so in helping to empower the survivor to make a decision that is right for them about the relationship, you will restore some of the power and control that has been stripped away from them.

While shedding light on domestic violence in October is an important step to ending the violence, you can take steps all year long to raise awareness and change the culture around domestic violence. For more information about what domestic violence looks like, what resources are available in your community, and what you can do to be part of the solution, visit End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at wcadv.org.

Leave a Reply