October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Please join the Women’s Center Survivor Advocacy Program for:

The Whole Story: A Panel Discussion on Dating and Domestic Violence

Date:
 Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Baker 231

The panel will include:

Executive Director Kelly Cooke from My Sister’s Place
Troy Robison from Counseling and Psychological Services, and
A Survivor of domestic violence.

This October marks the 24th Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It evolved from October 1981’s “Day of Unity” in which advocates worked to end violence against women and children. Currently, the “Day of Unity” is celebrated on the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 1987 not only marks the year that the first Domestic Violence Month was observed, it is also the same year of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. 

The U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 that declared October of 1989 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the same legislation has passed every year since. 
As we come together and use our own strength to stop domestic violence, I believe it is beneficial to keep in mind our idea of love. “When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another’s spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abuse cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care” (hooks, 2000, 6). 
When we are learning love during childhood, many of us are taught that abuse is acceptable or that it is not a big deal, especially when we are told that we are loved. It is important to begin to dismantle that idea within our own families, so that our children grow up knowing that they cannot be aggressive or hurtful towards someone whom they claim to love. 

Proclamation by President Obama:
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the significant achievements we have made in reducing domestic violence in America, and we recommit ourselves to the important work still before us. Despite tremendous progress, an average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported.
Statistics:
·     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.

Source: http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics 
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