October 2021 is National Domestic Violence Month. According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (n.d.):
October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children's emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning.
As part of this month’s library display, the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center (DASACC) of Warren County has donated information and shared resources for the WCCC community. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, please encourage them to reach out to DASACC. Their 24/7 hotline number is 908-453.4181 or you can chat with someone through their 24/7 web chat here.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (n.d.) National domestic violence awareness month. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. https://www.nctsn.org/resources/public-awareness/national-domestic-violence-awareness-month
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