Domestic Violence Awareness Month- October 2021

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As we reflect on Domestic Violence, throughout the month of October, we see vigils, statistics, remembrances for those we have lost, and celebrations of empowerment for those who have survived. We are reminded that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence… That 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year… And that 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. We must never lose sight of the people behind those numbers, and their individual stories. They are family, friends, and co-workers. Sometimes, unfortunately, there are preconceived notions as to who the victims are. Victims come from all socio-economic, racial, gender and sexual orientations, and ages. While we help victims through crisis, it is also important that we educate others, as we work toward prevention. Domestic Violence is about power and control and is often exhibited through demeaning behavior, manipulation, stalking, and financial control. It can be emotional, verbal, physical, and frequently escalates. It is important to know the signs and open lines of communication with your loved ones, allowing them to ask for help when needed. For further information and resources contact the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence hotline at 800-799-safe (7233) or Their services are confidential and non-judgmental. They will work with you on your terms or just talk with you if you like. Let’s break the cycle!

Article by Jeanette Hall, Director of Finance

Artwork by Victoria Naftal, “We Triumph When We Grow Beyond”, 1st place winner of 2021 DVCCC Student Art Contest and Exhibition.

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County call their 24hr hotline at 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430

Laurel House call 800-642-3150 or text “HOPE” to 85511

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