A lot of people identify October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Although I have never been in an abusive relationship, I am passionate about the issue. This awareness and advocacy is extremely important, because a lot of victims live their lives without ever seeking help or properly healing post abuse.Therefore, I would like to take this time to shed some light on the issue.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Originally there was a “Day of Unity” held in October to connect advocates across the nation working to end violence against women and children, but after six years one day evolved into an entire month of recognition. The thrusts of Domestic Violence Awareness month include mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived and connecting advocates who work to end it. Each year, the “Day of Unity” is celebrated the first Monday of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The observance is represented by a purple ribbon.

There are a lot of events occurring throughout the month of October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There is a SafeHouse Denver Hope Gala being held in Colorado, a Be the Light DV Vigil and Memorial Service being held in Massachusetts, an Angels Against Abuse 5K Walk/Run being held in Illinois and many more events being hosted all around the country. The mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to serve as, “ the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change".

The Take A Stand initiative is a call to action brought by the NCADV in order to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence throughout the entire year.  The purpose is to remind the nation that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities--affected by domestic violence.  The end goal is for society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence and for all victims and survivors to be heard. 

Here are some statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime

  • Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner

  • Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.

  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90% of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence

  • Between 21-60% of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse

  • Women abused by their intimate partners are more vulnerable to contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse or prolonged exposure to stress

  • Studies suggest that there is a relationship between intimate partner violence and depression and suicidal behavior

Shout out to all the survivors of domestic violence. Although it is unfortunate that you experienced such abuse, you are still here and able to spread awareness and rebuild your life. If you have been victimized by domestic violence or know someone who is, please don’t hesitate to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE). For more general information and resources, make sure you visit NCADV.org.

Michaela P. Shelton is Managing Editor of


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