October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that each year millions of Americans are impacted by domestic violence? This is an issues that effects both men and women, however women disproportionately fall victim to DV, 1 and 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. Even more disturbing, a third of all female homicide victims are killed by a current or former intimate partner. This does not mean that we still should not screen and aim to protect men. Men fall victim to over 3 million assaults per year. To the same token, over 3 million children witness domestic violence in the their homes every year.
No matter who you are, the effect of DV can be lifelong. This month Philadelphia Ujima wants you to be part of the solution! Take the 1 month healthy relationships challenge to help others become informed and make a difference in your community. But remember, don't let the challenge just last throughout October. It is everyone's responsibility to make sure that we are spreading awareness about DV everyday. Take the challenge!
Are you or is someone you know a victim or at risk for domestic abuse? Don't wait to get help. Find out more information about resources and the 24 hour help hotline at TheHotline.org
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
CDC Injury and Prevention Control
Safe Horizon - Stats & Resources