Showing posts with label domestic violence. Show all posts
Showing posts with label domestic violence. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know one out of every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? Or that only one-quarter of all physical assaults are reported to the police? In 2007, there were 248,300 reported sexual attacks in the United States. Recently, singer Rhianna was the victim of an assault by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. During October, which is recognized nationally as domestic violence awareness month, communities across the country will be participating in events and campaigns to shed light on the issue of relationship violence. Many non-profit organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence provide services to victims as well as education and training for their communities. Some top-rated charities working nationally include Equality Now, Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. You can watch a video that includes more charities here. You can also learn about ways to stop domestic violence, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Domestic Violence Month Update

By now many of you have heard or read about the terrible tragedy that claimed the lives of three members of actress Jennifer Hudson’s family. Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew were found shot to death earlier this week in Chicago. While the police have not arrested anyone in connection with crime, Hudson’s brother-in-law remains a person of interest in the case and is currently being held on other charges. This sad story has brought extensive media coverage to a topic we’ve been discussing all month – domestic violence in America. In addition to supporting a highly-rated charity on our site with a monetary donation, you can also help with a non-cash donation to your local shelter. The three-star Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, Florida is looking for many non-perishable food items.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence impacts over two million men and women each year. Often kept a private matter – it is estimated only 50% of cases are reported to police – you may be unaware of individuals in your own life who have been victims of an attack. In general, you likely have had much more exposure to domestic violence in the mainstream media. Consider these recent cases, which appeared with headlines such as:

- Deadly student-teacher love triangle, husband charged with shooting high school student (Associated Press, March 19, 2007)
- Jealousy tied to murder-suicide of steroids dealer, bodybuilding ex-girlfriend (Dallas Morning News, July 13, 2008)
- Wife killed “over cyber affair” (BBC News, December 3, 2007)

These examples represent the most extreme episodes, with complicated back stories or odd plot twists. While the media often features cases with attention-grabbing titles like the ones listed above, there are hundreds of thousands of incidents that never make the headlines. Bizarre, complicated breaking-news cases often overshadow the more common non-fatal abuse cases that happen every day. As a result public perception of domestic violence can be skewed when viewers see only the stories that earn coverage. The good news is there are many organizations that focus on educating and informing communities and individuals about all types and degrees of violence. By learning why and how intimate attacks occur, we can work towards reducing, and ultimately preventing, domestic violence.

During the month of October, which is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, take time to look past dramatic headlines. Use the Charity Navigator website to find a shelter or outreach program in your area, or watch the short video below. Think of neighbors, friends, and family members that may be affected, and use this month to support, protect, and educate yourself and others about domestic violence.