The month of October recognizes domestic violence awareness and seeks to increase education concerning its risks and occurrences. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as intentional abusive behavior against another person that can involve intimidations, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, economic abuse, threats and emotional abuse. Domestic violence can often be overlooked but is nonetheless a very significant health education topic that is vital to the health of individuals affected by it. Here are 5 facts about domestic violence that can be used to promote its awareness:
- According to the NCADV, each year over 10 million adults suffer from a domestic violence situation.
- Domestic violence is present in every community and does not discriminate against age, race, gender, religion or economic status.
- There are domestic violence hotlines available all over the world. For a full list from the NCADV for resources in the united states clinic here: https://ncadv.org/ resources
- Warning signs to look out for of an abuser can include but are not limited to, extreme jealousy, unpredictability, anger, demeaning behavior, controlling what someone wears or how they act, or blaming someone for anything that goes wrong.
- Each domestic violence situation can be unique and the reasons someone stays with a person who abuses them can also be unique. There are many barriers involved in each situation that must be considered.
Please help in spreading the awareness regarding domestic violence this month. If you are experiencing domestic violence or know someone who is, please visit the source below for hotline information. If in immediate danger, please call 911. https://ncadv.org