Friday, October 26, 2012

October is DV Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Every year in October, programs across our country bring awareness to this issue that affects so many people here and across the world. DV is vicious and traumatic. We need to talk about it, not just in October, but all year long, until it stops.

How does talking about it help? Once you know what DV is, you will start to recognize when it’s happening to someone you know: your neighbor, your classmate, your co-worker, your sister, your mother, or maybe even yourself.
Once you recognize it, you can do something about it. Give the person in the abusive situation your support – let them know it’s not their fault. Give them a hotline phone number and encourage them to call it. Let them know that they’re not alone, and that there are programs available to help them.
As awareness increases, so does the realization that there are so many in need of help:
·       At least one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence at some time in their life.
·         Three people die every day in our country due to domestic violence.
This is unacceptable to me.  If we all work together, we can break the cycle and end the violence. Please visit our website to see what you can do to get involved. For example:
·         Give someone our hotline number (816-461-HOPE).
·         Volunteer to answer the hotline.
·         Ask someone from Hope House to speak at your office about recognizing DV in the workplace.
We need your help. People’s lives depend on it.

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