Yolo County District Attorney’s Office recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Daily Democrat
Since 1989, Congress has recognized October each year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office recognizes those who have experienced and are currently experiencing abuse, with the aim of raising awareness of a serious social issue and dangerous crime that affects billions of people around the world. .
In the United States alone, the CDC reports that about one in five women and one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence from a spouse or romantic partner. Half of people in the United States, regardless of gender, have experienced psychological abuse from a former or current partner.
One in five homicides is committed by an intimate partner. It is even more dangerous for women, where half of female homicides are committed by a current or former partner. Domestic violence is also linked to negative health effects, such as PTSD, depression, and many chronic health conditions. Children who are exposed to domestic violence are 15 times more likely to be assaulted in their lifetime than the average person.
The goal of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to educate the community about the serious consequences of domestic violence, to support people who are victims of domestic violence, to reflect on their own actions and the actions of their loved ones, and to asking for help if they want to leave an abusive relationship.
While leaving an abusive relationship or helping someone in a relationship can be scary, there is an easy way to support those who are going through it. Isolation is a powerful tool in abusive relationships. One of the most effective ways to help someone in an abusive relationship and prevent abuse is to stay in touch with friends and family. Schedule regular time to talk. If someone is being abused, let them know how you can support them and be patient as they determine what actions they can take safely.
Prevention is also a very important role for community members. It is up to everyone to teach children and young adults what healthy and respectful relationships look like. People of all ages need to learn to communicate, problem solve, and deal with their feelings without resorting to violence.
Community members can also support survivors by donating or volunteering with Empower Yolo, the Yolo County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, or My Sister’s House, a domestic violence and sexual assault center. Multilingual and Multicultural Sexual Assault Serving Women and Islanders in Asia and the Pacific. children of the greater Sacramento area.
This month, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office will hold an office-wide clothing drive to benefit Empower Yolo and draft a resolution to proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which will be signed by the Oversight Board. County of Yolo on October 12.
Contact the Yolo County District Attorney’s Victim Services with any questions at (530) 666-8187.