October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of domestic violence at some time in their lives and that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is being assaulted or beaten? Did you know that domestic violence is the single greatest cause of injury to women? These are hard facts that have impacted us all in some way, whether it's someone we know, work with or it's happening under our own roof.

The truth is, domestic violence is still so much of a secret for many victims who are afraid to get help. Unfortunately, many victims end up feeling isolated because friends and family cannot understand why they don't just leave or tell them "it's really not that bad". The reality is, it IS that bad and should be taken very seriously. The hard truth? Every five years as many women are killed by their intimate partners as men and women killed in the Viet Nam war, 54,000, as reported by the AMA.

This month is all about raising awareness, supporting victims, celebrating survivors and letting the world know that domestic violence is NEVER OK.

Here are a few ways you can help spread the word:

1. Support local agencies and efforts. Donate. Attend an event. (October 7, Candlelight vigil on the Woodstock square).

2. Wear purple. Stop by our office October 7 from 9am-12pm to pick up an awareness packet for your organization. Encourage others to wear purple and tell people why.

3. Take a Stand on social media. Copy and paste the above image or search google for one of your own. We all know social media is one of the easiest and fastest ways to spread information, let's make it really mean something.

4. Start a conversation. With your children. With you friends. With your coworkers. With anyone. Share these facts, take a stand that says domestic violence is NEVER OK, never justified and that help IS available.

5. Here are some resources both locally and nationally:

National Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

McHenry County Turning Point: 1-815-338-8081

Contact us at A.B.H.: 1-866-350-4ABH or 1-847-658-4224





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