It is a sad fact that domestic violence is a prevalent problem in our culture. In October 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed a Day of Unity.The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. From that day, evolved Domestic Violence Awareness Month which began in 1987.
According to Safe Horizon:
- 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
- Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
- Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men
- Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.
- Every year, 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.
- Every year, more than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes.
- Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).
- A 2005 Michigan study found that children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.
- A 2003 study found that children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.
So, what can you do to help? Spread the awareness. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Wear purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, and tell people why you’re wearing purple.
Peter J. Klein, Adam J. Gottlieb, and Irene M. Klein of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation recognize the importance of supporting victims of domestic violence. The Foundation has given a grant to The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Fl. The shelter is leading the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. We are proud to lend our support.