Break the Silence: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Break the Silence: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Yanely Luna, Editor-in-Chief

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Domestic Violence is a difficult subject to discuss, and often times victims feel afraid to speak up about it.

Because domestic violence victims feel that their experiences are not severe enough to report to the police, statistics have not been gathered until recently. Statistics are also difficult to gather on domestic violence since there is little information about specific incidents of domestic violence. The abuse may happen too often for the victim to be able to recount incidents.

However, the scarce statistics do not mean that the incidents do not happen. According to NCADV, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of violence by a partner.

October is considered Domestic Violence Awareness month, and now is the time to speak up about the matter. Signs of abuse can include possessiveness, verbal abuse, extreme jealousy, a bad temper, forced sex, and harassment.

Anyone who notices any of these signs in a partner or others, the National Domestic Violence Hotline for anonymous help is 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224.

For more information, visit https://ncadv.org/.

All information found from the House of Commons of England and Wales and NCADV.