It’s your time to speak up and not just today, all month long. Break the silence.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) as a Day to connect female advocates across the country.
Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status. It’s not just punches and black eyes — it’s yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, consistent use of the silent treatment, or calling someone names so often they believe it.
Since the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed in 1994, we’ve made strides. VAWA was a landmark legislative movement lead by Senator Joe Biden, holds offenders accountable and provide programs and services for the victims. Since the passing of VAWA and 2010 the overall rate of domestic violence dropped dramatically. The drop was also assisted by state laws that have been reformed to help address issues such as; dating abuse in school or the workplace, stalking, and more.
Here at Green Dot 208 and The Advocates, when October rolls around every year we take it as an opportunity to reeducate ourselves on breaking the cycle.
For further education, to donate to help others, or to seek help here are a few options:
THE 3 D’s: The 3 D’s are the toolbox of the Green Dot program that demonstrate the variety of strategies when making the choice to intervene. Saying no to violence is always the right decision and the 3D’s help you say no in a way that works best for you.
Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.
If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 1-866-331-9474 to speak with a trained peer advocate.