October is Domestic Violence Month

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The problems of domestic violence are not confined to any group of people but cut across all economic, racial, gender and societal barriers, according to the proclamation, which also states that a year ago 158 women in Texas lost their lives to domestic violence.

Approximately 20 individuals experience domestic violence per minute which amounts to roughly 10 million individuals per year, according to The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). It's an issue that affects millions of women, men, and children in the US every year.

That's just calls within the tri-county area. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further our organization's efforts to combat domestic violence and provide healing services throughout Rutherford County. "I think in the state in general it's, this is my property, my house, my life, my wife, you don't tell me what to do and we don't have to explain what's happening here". Those who know the 11-year-old San Bernardino resident and the struggles she endured as a victim of domestic violence immediately point to her courage and willingness to help others. Domestic violence happens very close to home, and it is not always easy to see, feel, or even define to someone else if they can't feel its sting. We're more educated than that, we're smarter than that, we have more money. "The Be Safe Domestic Violence Program within the DA's office is one of many domestic violence programs in Erie County".

"Faith is such a remarkable young lady whose story of strength and perseverance will no doubt inspire others to break the cycle of domestic violence", District Attorney Mike Ramos said. If you are in a domestic violence situation and need help immediately, the My Sister's House 24 Hour Hotline number is 1-800-273-4673.

The term "domestic violence" forces on ears and minds a negative connotation, and for good reason. Education about the signs of domestic violence can be taught, prevention can be encouraged, and assistance can be given to more and more of those in need if we could all just remove the confusion and the discomfort surrounding the topic and recognize its importance.

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