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October is often remembered as a month to raise awareness of Breast Cancer with the country seeing multiple nationwide marches and other large scale events such as the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day and other such events. Far less Americans are aware that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month, but organizations like Women With A
Vision take the month to honor survivors of Domestic Violence and their experiences. This year, WWAV put on a series of events in October including a community dialogue on Domestic Violence in the Black Community, a series of Healthy Relationships Workshops, and a collaboration with Xavier University for the Clotheslines Project (The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. For more, visit http://www.clotheslineproject.org/). In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence observed their first Day of Unity which was intended to connect organizers against Domestic Violence working with women and their families. The day evolved into a week and later a month being celebrated on the local, state, and national level in october of 1987 when the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed (this was also the same year the first national toll-free Domestic Violence hotline begun. The Day of Unity is still celebrated on the first Monday in October). Despite these efforts to raise awareness for Domestic Violence, the country still has far to go when it comes to addressing Domestic Violence as has recently been spotlighted in the Ray Rice/NFL Domestic Violence event and its subsequent responses. While the overwhelming majority of people responded with backlash at the NFL’s lackluster treatment of Domestic Violence cases both in this and earlier cases, others revealed just how far America has to go as a country to address Domestic Violence
(when the original video of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancee out of an elevator surfaced, the NFL suspended Rice for 2 games. Later when video surfaced of him punching his wife, his NFL contract was terminated). In light of these events, here are some facts about Domestic Violence that we should all consider not just in October, but as we navigate the relationships in our lives and the lives of those around us everyday.
Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.
Facts from Safe Horizon