For the past 31 days, we've brought you information and stories related to domestic violence awareness month. While October is set aside as a time to bring attention to this important issue, we need you to partner with us the other 334 days of the year to continue to advocate for victims and survivors.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we remember those who have lost their lives at the hands of someone they loved. We also honor the strength and courage of survivors who have faced unimaginable circumstances and gone on to lead happy, healthy lives. While we reflect on the progress we've made in the fight against domestic violence, we also recognize that there is still much work to be done.
In the United States alone, it is estimated that 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute. This means that every 9 seconds, a woman is beaten or assaulted by her husband or boyfriend. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This is an epidemic that we cannot afford to ignore.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you get out of a dangerous situation and start fresh. You can reach out to us directly at 919-791-5578 or you can contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 support for victims and survivors through crisis counseling and information about resources in your area. You can reach them at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
If you are not a victim of domestic violence yourself but know someone who is, there are things you can do to help. Be a listening ear and provide support however you can. You can also donate your time or money to local organizations working to end domestic violence.
Let's continue to work together to end domestic violence once and for all. Remember, nobody has the right to control or hurt you. You deserve happiness and safety in your relationships.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be coming to an end, but our commitment to ending this epidemic does not end here. We'll continue to bring you stories and information related to domestic violence throughout the year because this issue deserves our attention 365 days a year. Thank you for partnering with us as we work together to end this cycle of violence once and for all.