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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Date: October 3, 2013 Categories: Blog

In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. It evolved from the first Day of Unity in 1981 with the intent to connect advocates for survivors of domestic violence across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. During the month of October, advocates working to end domestic violence campaign for awareness and education. Children are also affected by domestic violence and it is important to understand how:

“Children witnessing domestic violence and living in an environment where violence occurs may experience some of the same trauma as abused children. Not all children are affected by domestic violence in the same way. Children may become fearful, inhibited, aggressive, antisocial, withdrawn, anxious, depressed, angry, confused; suffer from disturbed sleep, problems with eating, difficulties at school and challenges in making friends. Children often feel caught in the middle between their parents and find it difficult to talk to either of them. Adolescents may act out or exhibit risk-taking behaviors such as drug and alcohol use, running away, sexual promiscuity and criminal behavior. Young men may try to protect their mothers, or they may become abusive to their mothers themselves. Children may injured if they try to intervene in the violence in their homes.”

There are several events happening in the area where you can show your support to end domestic violence!