Queens! Can you believe it’s October? I guess it really is true. The older you get the faster time flies. The months never went by this fast when I was a kid! But here we are…October 1st. October is a pretty awesome month. In fact it’s my favorite month of the year. My boys birthdays are this month, Halloween is like the unofficial start to the holiday season, and I haven’t even mentioned that we get to rock dark fall makeup and indulge in all pumpkin spice everything! But, on a more serious note, you may or may not be aware that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you are unfamiliar, let me help you out:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered womens advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.
This month is all about bringing awareness to the devastating effects of domestic violence and coming together to END it. I can not express enough the seriousness of domestic abuse. An issue extremely close to my heart, I am an advocate for the help and support of battered women and children.
Did you know:
- Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
- Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
- Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
- Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
- Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
- Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
- Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
- The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
- Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.
I encourage you Queens to get involved! To take action! The NCADV has many organizations, resources, and opportunities to show your support this month. Please take a moment to visit http://www.ncadv.org for opportunities.
As a survivor, an advocate, a supporter, and a friend, if you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance please contact me personally.
Peace, Love, & Blessings