Wear purple Oct. 20 for National Domestic Violence Awareness

Editor’s note: Some of the information for this article was obtained from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

If you or someone you know is avictim of domestic violence, the Family Advocacy Victim Advocacy Program has a 24-hour hotline that can be reached by calling (337) 424-7494.

FORT POLK, La. — On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States, according to a violence prevention report generated by the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, an average of one in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their life. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month brings attention to this issue. It evolved from the “Day of Unity,” held nationwide in October 1981and was conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Day of Unity soonevolved into a week, and in October1987 the first National Domestic Violence Awareness Month was ob-served. In 1989 Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has beenpassed each year since.

 

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