Mon, Nov 19, 2018 — 1:48 am
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October 18: Wear Purple – Shine the Light on Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of the month, the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence started a statewide campaign in which they challenge as many state agencies as possible to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence by wearing purple on October 18. The purpose is to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence, to get everyone talking about “purple” as a way to raise awareness, and to let survivors know they are not alone and resources are available to them.
Domestic and Dating Violence can impact anyone:
• Every minute in the United States, 20 people are victims of domestic violence.
• More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced dating violence.
• 1 in 3 teens is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner.
• 44% of lesbian women and 26% of gay men have experienced physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.
• 42% of transgender people have experienced intimate partner violence.
• African-American women are 2.5x more likely to experience domestic violence than women of other races.
• Women with disabilities are 40% more likely to experience intimate partner violence than women without disabilities.
• Despite under-reporting, domestic violence calls make up more than half of all calls to the police.
• 23% of domestic violence victims have attempted suicide.