October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to statistics, about 4,000 women die each year due to domestic violence. About 75% of these victims were killed when they attempted to leave the relationship, or even after the relationship had ended. October is all about spreading awareness and helping those who feel stuck in their violent relationships. Nowadays, women are too afraid to speak up because they’re scared they’re going to die. It’s up to us to help them feel safe and to spread awareness.
For those of you who are currently in a violent relationship, have been in a violent relationship, or want to help, the following organizations are helping to spread awareness and they are also helping to support the victims and survivors as well.
First, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence is a commission that seeks to address domestic and sexual violence from a legal perspective. They want to spread awareness while increasing justice for survivors at the same time. They aim to make their survivors and victims feel safe while making sure they get the justice they deserve.
Child Welfare League of America is specifically dedicated to at-risk children and families. If you know anyone who is in a violent home, please contact this organization, as they help to promote safe, stable families. They also do their best to assist children, youth, and adults who are at risk.
Futures Without Violence helps to make sure women, men, girls, and boys have access to stability, education, and security worldwide. They do their best to educate others about the importance of healthy relationships.
Another organization that is all about spreading awareness and helping out victims and survivors is the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This is a hotline that offers 24 hours per day of support and crisis intervention. If you are afraid to speak to someone you know about a situation, you are more than welcome to call this hotline for support and resources.
Finally, another organization that is helping out is the Northwest Networks. This organization was founded by lesbian survivors of domestic violence. This organization’s goal is to end all the abuse towards the LGBTQ+ community. They’re all about empowering survivors and helping them to feel safe. They support these survivors and do their best to end the abuse. If you know anyone who is going through abuse because of their sexual orientation, please contact this organization to learn about more ways to help.
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