October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children’s emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Diamond Ministries Inc is asking everyone to show their support by joining the awareness event scheduled for the Historic Courthouse Downtown Monroe a 6 p.m. on Thursday October 19, 2023 to bring awareness of the abuse and violence that is occurring in our community and nationally.
“Diamond Ministries is also asking the community to participate in ‘Wear Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Day it is an annual event that falls every October 20th to raise awareness of domestic violence,” said Adriane Brown, founder of Diamond Ministries Inc. and herself a survivor of domestic violence.
For more information and ways to donate can be found on our website at www.diamondministriesinc.com.