Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Nearly one in four women and one in seven men report experiencing severe physical violence during their lifetimes, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Domestic violence impacts all communities—it is a global issue as well as a local issue.” Crime Victim Liaison Biiftuu Ibrahim Adam said. “Domestic violence is not only physical. It can involve verbal abuse, emotional, psychological, sexual and economic abuse. This can happen to anyone.”
October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time of mourning those who have died, celebrating those who have survived and acknowledging the work being done by advocates, service providers, attorneys, law enforcement and more.
“Domestic violence cannot be solved by one group alone,” Adam said. “Only when we work collectively can we solve the issue.”
How can you get involved?
- Educate your community and yourself about domestic violence.
- Aid in raising awareness. Get social with #DVAM2018.
- Volunteer or donate to an agency that is doing the work.
Know the resources.
- Minnesota Day One Crisis Line, a 24-hour hotline and shelter line statewide, 866-223-1111 or text at 612-399-9995.
- Standpoint Action Line, free legal advice regardless of income statewide, 612-343-9842.
- Cornerstone Advocacy Service, a 24-hour crisis line for local cities, 952-884-0330.