The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recognized the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Calvert County. Domestic violence damages the community’s well-being and can affect all racial, ethnic, national origin, sexual orientation, economic, age, religious and social groups.
October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims.
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience assault and domestic violence at much higher rates than women of any other ethnicity.
Over 84 percent of Native women experience violence during their lifetimes.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90 percent of these children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
Between 21-60 percent of victims of intimate partner violence lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.
The Commission for Women and the Crisis Intervention Center work together to end domestic violence in Calvert County through education, awareness, community support and collaboration among individuals, community groups, law enforcement and other governmental agencies. The BOCC urges all citizens to actively support efforts to end domestic violence and prevent harm to women, children, families and the community.
Together we can make a difference! #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #BreakTheSilence #EndDomesticViolence
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon