October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the unfortunate intimate partner violence that happens every day in every class, age group, race, and religion. It can happen to anyone and we may often not be aware of the violence happening to a neighbor, loved one, or friend. Abusers use control, manipulation, and fear to keep their partners silent.
At HYC, we have been committed to helping survivors of domestic violence and ending the cycle of abuse within their families. We strive to empower and uplift those who have experienced violence and trauma related to domestic abuse through our intensive case management, support group services, mental health counseling services, and life skills education services. To ensure that those in greatest need receive support during the pandemic, HYC has adopted a hybrid model of service for its domestic violence education and awareness presentations and its counseling services. We serve nearly 200 survivors of domestic violence, both adults and youth annually, and have supported our clients during the COVID-19 crisis by providing emergency services for food, clothing, PPE, diapers, and utility assistance. Through our partnerships with the two major homeless shelters in Southeast Los Angeles County, HYC ensures that some of the most marginalized victims of domestic violence receive our full range of domestic violence services on-site at the shelter locations.
*Domestic Violence Facts and Figures
- 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.
HYC believes that building a community of support is crucial to ending domestic violence. We encourage everyone to raise awareness to end domestic violence. Let's break the silence together!
For more information and resources, please visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence here.