October is a busy month! We’re launching a mini series updating you weekly on all the things October celebrates or raises awareness for. Stay tuned for October Awareness posts throughout the month.
October celebrates or raises awareness for the following things:
- Breast Cancer Awareness
- Domestic Violence Awareness
- LGBTQ History
- Hispanic Heritage
- Bullying Prevention
The list goes on… This month we will share with you each of these days, why it’s important that we celebrate/recognize them, and how you can get involved. Up first: Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
One of our events for October is to raise awareness and support survivors of domestic violence. Our care packages will contain clothes and toiletries to donate to women and children at Haven House, a shelter for victims. We are excited to see the different this will make in the lives of women in our community, and invite you to be part of the conversation about domestic violence. We are also thrilled to sponsor Alpha Chi Omega’s event “Step Up and Walk for Women” – more details to come!
The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as:
“as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.”
This manifests itself in different forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological.
Domestic violence is more prevalent in our society than we might realize. According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes, and one in nine men will also experience this violence. These statistics are startling close, reminding us that domestic violence does not discriminate based on gender (or sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, education, ability…)
But the most surprising statistic we found from the DVRC was that 50% of girls who grow up in an abusive home will also be victims as adults. Domestic violence is ever present and cyclical in our society. We can stop it by raising awareness and ending stigma towards it, advocating and supporting victims and survivors, and educating our society about the problem and inviting them to be advocates as well.
Will you join us? We hope to see you at one of our care package assembly nights!