While 85% of domestic violence victims are women, it's important for all people to know how to help someone in an abusive relationship or situation find help.
Domestic Violence Awareness is represented by the color purple.
It's estimated that 1 in every 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience some form of domestic violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Even though an estimated 12 million people are victims of domestic violence each year, most cases go unreported to law enforcement.
See our sample proclamation (printer-friendly/pdf). Portions of it can be read aloud on the PA system or during the morning program. School officials can also use it as a template to issue their own proclamation.
Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
On my flight last week, the airline was selling pink lemonade and martinis as well as collecting donations--all to go to breast cancer research. So why aren’t the airlines selling grape soda and football players wearing purple in support of ending domestic violence? They have done a superb job of getting corporate sponsorship and involvement as well as extensive media coverage. No one quotes sacred texts to justify breast cancer.
The domestic violence is often a not-so-well-kept secret, but one we as bystanders don’t want to talk about.
Victims/survivors too often live in silent shame, afraid to tell their stories because too often we continue to blame the victim for the treatment she/he receives at the hand of her/his intimate partner.
Monday, February 11 marked the beginning of Respect Week, a way for young people to talk to others about February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Bright orange is the color marking the importance of the month, and Proyecto Juventud created colorful signs to bring attention to the issue.