October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Joanna Estrada
October 18, 2017

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, almost 20 people per minute are abused by a domestic partner, there are more than 20,000 calls to domestic violence hotlines on a given day and between 21 and 60 percent of victims of domestic violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

Some relied on private or corporate donors to make up the shortfall, some found innovative ways to increase funding - for example, one shelter sold surplus clothes donations through a charity shop - while others absorbed the cuts and reduced services.

"A thousand words" commissioned by Scottish Womens Aid and Zero Tolerance.

Many services like child support workers, specialist support for women from ethnic minorities and substance abuse workers have been cut as councils impose Tory cuts.

One woman said: "I packed my clothes, in a suitcase, and I went". We can model healthy relationships for our children.

Q: What has San Bernardino county gained as a result of these domestic violence partnerships? "I wanted it to...symbolize just how calls that we do get and have to respond to".

"This is something that we can help children to not think this is normal, that violence is not normal in the home", said Green.

More than 1,000 women had been turned away from these shelters alone since the start of the year.

- One in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.

"I was a volunteer when the shelter hadn't been organized very long and I decided that I needed to give back", said Boyce.

"We know that we must be open to new ideas and new approaches", Hayward said. Trained staff members are available to guide people to get the services they need. One victim shared her story before the event began.

Gallegos, 28, was stabbed to death on April 19, 2016, by her then-boyfriend, 27-year-old Estaban Pinon, who was found guilty of the crime early this year and sentenced to life in prison.

"If we can't do it here we will find the person to help them", Colome said.

"My brother and I were watching through the doorway and I remember my mom saying put the gun away, the next thing my mom was running and he shot her".

One woman from the West Midlands was told that the nearest free space in a refuge was in Orkney off the coast of Scotland.

"They tell you that they're sorry", she said. "The county provides so many services to help those in need and it is vitally important that our residents know where they can go for assistance".

She said: "The Government has promised to tackle domestic abuse through its landmark Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and make survivors safe in the knowledge that the state "will do everything it can to both support them and their children".

In Carroll County, Martha Boyce has been at the forefront of helping those affected by domestic violence and raising awareness for almost four decades.

With studies suggesting that many victims of domestic violence delay leaving or remain in abusive situations out of fear for what may happen to their pets, a MA congresswoman is pushing a bipartisan-backed bill that would expand current protections to those animals and provide resources to better help victims and their pets.

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