Actions Anyone Can Take to Raise Domestic Violence Awareness

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Every 60 seconds, 20 more people in the United States are physically abused by an intimate partner. This alarming trend has only been increasing since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether or not this issue has directly touched your life, there are simple actions you can take to show your support this October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, we recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month places a spotlight on domestic violence and encourages all Americans to pitch in to put an end to this all-too-common problem.

The goal is to raise public awareness, allowing everyone to know the signs of domestic violence and the ways they can help others. Do your part this October by learning recommended actions to take when you believe someone may be the victim of domestic violence.

Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

How to Support Those Impacted by Domestic Violence

By taking a few simple actions, you can contribute to the solution during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Learn How to Recognize the Signs

Some signs of domestic violence, like physical marks, are easily identifiable. However, other more subtle signs can easily be overlooked. Although they are more difficult to see, you can recognize the psychological effects of domestic violence if you know what to look for.

5 Behaviors to Watch

  • Anxiety, agitation, or constant apprehension
  • Loss of interest in daily activities/hobbies
  • Low self-esteem
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Extremely apologetic or meek personality

For example, if your friend was once cheerful and outgoing but is suddenly quiet and withdrawn, there may be cause for concern.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Share Information and Resources

Victims of domestic violence often feel alone. After everything they have been through, they may not know where to turn for help.

You can make a difference in their lives by sharing useful information and resources. For example, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, you could use your voice on social media to share helpful information and resources, including:

In the fight against domestic violence, every action we take can make a difference.

Family Health Centers Supports Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During October, and all year long, Family Health Centers’ team of health care professionals is committed to raising awareness about domestic violence and its impact on behavioral health. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence, our behavioral health services are available today to provide affordable, quality services in a safe, comfortable environment.

Contact us today to request an appointment.

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