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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is a time to learn more: domestic violence affects all incomes and cultures. It is often a silent and shame-filled situation that affects families and injured partners throughout their lives and also their children. Learning more is the first step, and understanding the potential signs of domestic violence and how to spot them in the workplace.

National Domestic Violence Hotline. This resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 800-799-SAFE (7233). Shelters are available in most communities and counseling helps break the abuse cycle.

Each year more than 10 million women and men are subjected to physical violence by a domestic partner. In fact, one in three women and one in four men will experience abuse sometime over the course of their lifetimes. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.

Unsurprisingly, the children in these homes also suffer — every year 3 million children witness physical violence in their homes; 30 to 60 percent of these children also suffer abuse or neglect.

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