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October 12, 2015

WEEK 29 OF ACTION: LET’S TALK ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

by PBUnitedWay
stop domestic violence

Mary and her son entered Harmony House (a program of the YWCA of Palm Beach County and partner agency of the Town of Palm Beach United Way) after her abusive boyfriend had beaten her badly and threatened to kill her son. Mary called the police and her abuser was arrested.

Harmony House staff assisted Mary with filing a restraining order which was granted indefinitely but she was continually threatened by members of the gang her boyfriend was affiliated with. Her apartment was broken into; phone calls were made to her family members and her abuser brought gang members to court with him to intimidate her. Mary followed through with the trial and Harmony House assisted her in relocating to another state.

12.7 million people in America are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners every year. That’s 24 people every minute. 1 in 4 women experiences domestic violence in their lifetime. Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.  Some 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year. And experts say there is a 30-60% chance that kids who witness domestic violence will be abused, too.

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, abuse is often not reported, due to a victim’s fear of not knowing where to turn.

  • It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or religion.
  • It’s not just physical abuse. Domestic violence includes emotional, verbal, sexual, and/or financial abuse.
  • There are many reasons victims stay in abusive relationships. What they need are resources and support to help them find their own paths to safety.

While the impact of domestic violence is staggering, talking about it – and supporting prevention efforts in our communities – helps empower victims. Simply starting a conversation about these issues can help – as 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but if we want to build stronger communities, all of us have to spread the word about domestic violence year-round. To end domestic violence and sexual assault, we all need to be part of the solution. Educating yourself and others, helping a friend who is being abused, speaking up about abuse, and acting as an engaged bystander are all examples of things we can do to help.

So Hello Monday – Let’s Talk About This!

Help spread the word about the Town of Palm Beach United Way on social media for a chance to win a GoPro! Contest details: http://www.palmbeachunitedway.org/LikeUs

And, please share with us how you made your week count. No, it doesn’t need to take place on Monday – Monday just gets us excited about what the week has to offer, what we (ourselves) have to offer.

  1. Follow us on: icons
  2. Look for the weekly theme on all of our social media throughout the day on Mondays
  3. Photograph, video, post, tweet about your experience
  4. Remember to tag @PBUnitedWay and use the weekly hashtags

We have an AWESOME community, let’s embrace it, make an impact — IT’S MONDAY, LET’S DO THIS!

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