On average, almost 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by their partners in the U.S. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCDV), during a one year period, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. These statistics are staggering, so we need to work together and help raise awareness to address this widespread problem.
Working towards this goal, for almost 30 years, October has evolved into Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Organizations like the NCADV are leading the charge to help raise awareness and eradicate these violent acts from occurring.
The NCADV defines domestic violence as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as a part of systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” This could include physical or sexual violence as well as threats and emotional abuse.
One of the main issues the NCADV tries to raise awareness about is that most of these incidences go unreported. Most times, the partner who is receiving the abuse is afraid of their abuser and believes they are safer by not reporting it.
If you or you know someone that has been a victim of domestic violence, there are many outlets in our area that offer safety. Listed below are several of these locations:
For additional resources, the following list includes several hotlines you can call for assistance: Safe Horizon’s Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-621-4673); Indiana 24-Hour Statewide Hotline (1-800-797-3224); National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233). Also remember that if a situation requires immediate assistance, please dial 911 or contact local our local law enforcement. It is important to know that help is available.
Taking action is the next step after raising awareness. Most organizations accept donations as well as offer volunteer opportunities, so I encourage you take a stand against this problem impacting our community. Your efforts make a huge difference. If you are looking for an organization to support financially, I would highly recommend the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Visit http://www.icadvinc.org/ for more information.
With one in five women and one in seven men experiencing some type of physical violence by a partner, we need to do all we can to help raise awareness and fight back against domestic violence. I applaud all of the organizations and volunteers for their efforts to address this issue, and I know that we reduce these staggering statistics by working together.
Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.