October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an annual campaign committed to raising awareness of and preventing domestic violence.
Domestic violence affects people of all races, genders, and economic backgrounds. Domestic violence includes the physical, psychological, and emotional abuse of an intimate partner. Domestic abuse varies dramatically in relationships but the constant components are rooted in one person asserting power and control over the other. This month is all about engaging the community and individuals on how we can prevent domestic violence.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. Source
- Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Source