October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While not as highly publicized as breast cancer, domestic violence is just as serious, and can also be deadly. It’s an issue that affects more individuals, and families, than we realize.
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence:
- Every year, about 7 million (yes million) women are raped and/or assaulted by an intimate partner
- More than 1 in 3 women have been raped, physically abused, and/or stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime
- 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before they reach 8 years old
- An estimated 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year; and children exposed to domestic violence are likely to attempt suicide, run away from home, experience drug & alcohol abuse, engage in teenage prostitution, and commit sexual assault crimes.
- Men who witness domestic violence as children are 4 times more likely to perpetrate domestic violence as adults.