How is Sacramento celebrating Domestic Violence Prevention Month this October? Check out the website of the Sacramento-based California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
According to statistics given by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART), every 13 seconds in the USA, a woman is battered. Six million women are abused annually, and 3,000 of them die due to their injuries. Seventy percent of battering men and 38 percent of battered women were reared in violent households. In Sacramento, also check out the website of WEAVE inc. Then again, there are battered men, and no safehouses for battered men to go to. And often the shelters for battered women are full.
So what can the average person do to help put a stop to domestic violence in Sacramento? You could volunteer or donate clothing or furniture, or whatever is needed by your local safe house. Or you could work with or volunteer with the various local or national agencies to prevent domestic violence. Or you could plan a fundraising event.
Statistics have shown that children who grow up in abusive home are scarred emotionally and often grow up to repeat the violence. Although when people think of abuse they think of only physical abuse, both emotional and verbal abuse can be just as harmful. Read more on the Futures Without Violence website.
The National Domestic Violence Awareness Project is launching the 2011 Campaign in a Box that includes a collection of sample materials that can be customized for individual use, educational webinars, and other useful tools to enhance your prevention and awareness efforts. All materials were developed in conjunction with the various organizations represented on the Project Advisory Group, as well as other national, statewide, and culturally specific organizations, projects, and individuals (click here for the 2011 Campaign in a Box).
Last year, The Partnership was proud to partner with the Verizon Foundation to promote the “Telling Amy’s Story” documentary. Narrated by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, this 60-minute. Documentary depicts the timeline and events surrounding a domestic violence homicide and serves as a spark for community forums (click here for Telling Amy’s Story Flyer).
Last week Stanford University’s Medical Center’s 7th annual national “Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day” was held on October 12, 2011. According to a news release, ‘Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day’ Still Going Strong In Its 13th Year,” regional events around the nation are encouraging health care providers to assess patients for domestic violence issues.
Regional Events Encourage Health Care Providers to Assess Patients for Domestic Violence
Hospitals, clinics, medical students and educators around the nation are holding activities this week and throughout October to encourage health care providers to routinely assess patients for domestic violence. A tradition first organized by Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund) in 1999, the 13th annual Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a nationally recognized awareness-raising day that takes place on the second Wednesday of October each year.
“We’re very pleased that this day has become a tradition in hospitals and health care centers throughout the country,” said Futures Without Violence Founder and President Esta Soler, according to the news release. “It has been clear to us from the start that health care providers are on the front lines with victims of abuse,” she adds. “We want medical professionals to have all the training and support that they need to evaluate patients who may be at risk for domestic, dating or sexual violence.”
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average in this country, four to five women are murdered each day by their husbands or boyfriends. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that women in the United States experience two million injuries from domestic violence each year and nearly one in four women reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend sometime in her life.
The month of October around the country focuses on the many Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day activities set for each week during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For activities in various parts of the nation, learn more at the Futures Without Violence website.
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