October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn important contact information and resources to protect yourself and your loved ones.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
To find more information on the domestic violence laws in your state, visit www.womenslaw.org .
Domestic violence is a problem in virtually all countries, cultures, classes and income groups. It is a complex problem with solutions that are appropriate for a variety of persons and cultures.
Domestic violence is defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and /or abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another”. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can often cross generations and last a lifetime.
Numerous measures must be considered when dealing with domestic violence. Short-term measures consist of assistance programs that protect the individual person who has been or is being abused. They often focus on the critical period after a person leaves their home, providing that person with food, shelter, and guidance. Long-term measures seek to educate the public and empower the person to re-establish their life without violence.
Crisis centers or victim advocacy groups often offer a multitude of services. Among these services may be the following:
- crisis intervention services and hotlines
- shelters or other emergency residential
- facilities that offer medical services
- public assistance benefits and child care
- property matters
- self-help support groups and parenting skills courses
For more information on domestic violence, check out the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence .