Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Wear a purple ribbon in October to show support of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.
About Domestic Violence
from the National collation against domestic violence (http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics)
- Every 9 seconds in the US, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
Family and Children’s Center’s Safe Haven program in Winona provides visitation and exchange services for families who have been affected by domestic violence. Safe Haven ensures that children are not witnessing any further violence while also maintaining safety and separation between the adult victim and the abuser.
Activities around Winona to support awareness & prevention:
Clothes Line Project
The Women’s Resource Center in Winona makes a shirt in remembrance of every person, including children, killed in Minnesota due to domestic violence. The Clothesline project will be displayed at Family & Children’s Center October 10th-15th. Come to FCC to read and honor the lives that have been taken so far due to domestic violence.
Safe Haven staff will be speaking on the radio to help bring awareness to domestic violence in our community and services available to victims.
Safe Haven is partnering with Winona Community Education and the School districts to send out a flyer to all children/parents with information regarding domestic violence and dating violence.
Safe Haven is working to have local businesses put a special message on their marquee bringing awareness to domestic violence in October.