Domestic Violence Awareness month originally began as the specific time organizations could come together and unite against domestic violence or abuse, also known as Intimate Partner Violence. They organized at conferences, rallied calls to action, and spread awareness.
If you are interested in attending an event or learning more, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has different opportunities all month as well as educational resources on their website.
We are also incredibly fortunate to have Catalyst Domestic Violence Services here in the North State: Their 24-hour Hotline is (800)-895-8476
Intimate Partner Violence, or IPV, can be a complex and sensitive topic to discuss. We hope that our blog is informative and helpful in the event that you know of someone who can use the information. As an organization committed to promoting healthy families and improved conditions for all households to thrive it is important that you are knowledgeable.
IPV and the Coronavirus Pandemic
We are seeing that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more tension around IPV due to stay at home orders. It is a combination of two factors. The first is the shelter in place and quarantine orders causing victims to have to stay in close proximity to their abusers and therefore making it harder for them to call for help or leave.
The other is the potential increase in abuse due to being physically together more often and the emotional and mental strain of a pandemic, political turmoil, and poor economy.
Abuse comes from a place of desire for control, and in our current reality the future isn't very clear and the state of our country seems to change minute-to-minute. Therefore, abusers will seek out control wherever they can find it.
What You Should Know
The California Office of Emergency Services offers a brief overview for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, some quick facts, and resources.
Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality that occurs within every class, age group, race, and religion. It happens in families, friendships, and intimate relationships. Intimate partner violence happens within same and different sex partnerships; it happens whether people are married, living together, or dating. Approximately one in four women has been a victim of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - a time established to draw attention to this unspeakable crime and continue efforts to raise awareness and stop the violence.
- 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.
- 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- In domestic violence homicides, women are six times more likely to be killed when there is a gun in the house.
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
- Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.
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Remember that Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) doesn't just happen between heterosexual romantic partners. It effects children, acquaintances and has no age range. It can be anything from stalking, to controlling who you hang out with, to monitoring your bank accounts.
Catalyst, as we mentioned before, is a great resource right here in our backyard. They have educational materials, shelter, volunteer, donation, and employment opportunities should you be interested in this cause or are in need of their help.
"All of our services are completely free and confidential. Our hotline (1-800-895-8476) is available 24/7 for survivors and their loved ones who are supporting them. Advocacy and counseling services by phone are available and can be accessed 9am-5pm M-F in our Chico Office (343-7711) and 10am-2pm M-F in our Oroville Office (532-6427). While we are unable to currently hold in-person trainings about intimate partner violence, we are working to set up technology for us to do so remotely." -Excerpt of a message from Catalyst's website.
Our Esplanade House is also a resource in the community to help folks get back on their feet in a safe and sober living environment. Our North State Food Bank provides food to low income households, which can include individuals and single parents who are getting out of a bad situation and need a little help.
Unfortunately, domestic violence, addiction, and homelessness are often related issues, but we help where we can. We hope you've learned about IVP and Domestic Violence and are more aware! If you would like to give to help those struggling to get back on their feet, follow the link below.