October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

Domestic Violence Awareness Month first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a Day of Unity to connect domestic violence advocates across the nation. 

During the month of October People's Place is joining domestic violence programs across the country to increase awareness of the domestic violence epidemic and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. 

People's Place provides services to survivors and children affected by domestic violence at our SAFE, Abriendo Puertas, and Turning Point programs.  Victims can call our domestic violent hotlines which operate 24 hours a day at 302-422-8058 (English) or 302-745-9874 (Spanish).

Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of gender, cultural background, socio-economic status, race, or religion. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines it as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against. another.  It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.  The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other. 

Nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim.  Please show your support this month by helping us spread awareness about domestic violence and by letting others know about the services we provide. 

You might just be saving a life.   

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