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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

posted Oct 20, 2011, 8:59 AM by Kenosha Davenport   [ updated Oct 20, 2011, 9:00 AM ]
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

The economic downturn is having a devastating effect on local programs working to serve survivors of abuse. While a bad economy does not cause domestic violence, it can make it worse. At the same time, there are fewer options for survivors to escape. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, 82 percent of local programs saw an increase the demand for their services, while 77 percent reported a decrease in funding.

Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.

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