October is Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM). It’s an opportunity to take time to connect and unite individuals and organizations working to end domestic violence. Over the last four decades, we have made significant progress by bringing the issue of domestic violence out of the shadows and working towards a society where everyone is free from abuse. There is much left to do. We hope you’ll join us in building safer communities.
Domestic violence is the use of emotional, psychological, physical, technological, sexual, reproductive, and/or economic abuse by one person in a current or former intimate relationship to maintain power and control over the other person. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. People of all ages, genders, cultures, religions, professions and income levels experience domestic violence. However, racism, poverty, immigration status, and other inequities can make the risks even more severe.
There are many reasons a survivor will stay with their abuser. Leaving can end the violence. When it doesn’t, the violence may become worse. Nearly half of women murdered by men in the U.S. had left or were trying to leave an abusive relationship. This is a powerful deterrent to leaving. Abuse may also leave survivors financially dependent upon their abuser and isolated from friends and family who could offer help and support.
LifeWire invites you to join us in proclaiming October as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION MONTH. Every year LifeWire is joined by our respective mayors from all the cities we serve on the east side in honoring DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION MONTH by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. These cities renew their commitment to end domestic violence and its brutal and destructive effects – in every city, every town, and every corner of America. These commitments are made through the mayors proclaiming the month of October 2022 as DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION MONTH.