Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects everyone:
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men has experienced domestic violence by an intimate partner.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.
- 30% of Black women are victimized by intimate partner violence in their lifetime, which is 35% higher than that of white females and 2.5x the rate of women of other races. Native American women experience domestic violence at rates 50% higher than other groups.
- 21.5% of men and 35.4% of women living with a same-sex partner experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes.
- On a typical day there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- Nearly 75% of Americans personally know someone who is or was in relationship involving intimate partner violence.
- Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.
- Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of female homicide.
Although it’s the end of the month, we encourage you to be aware all the time. There are national and local resources out there available for help--even housing, financial, and psychological support at low- or no-cost to victims. The number to the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).