Help End the Violence

One of the most important things for tax-exempt organizations is awareness. At Express990, we assist all kinds of tax-exempt organizations that depend on awareness of their organization and it’s purpose in order to perform necessary charitable duties. Last week, we shed some light on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this week we’re here to remind you that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Looking at the facts compiled by the CDC, the Domestic Violence Statistics website, and the American Psychological Association on domestic violence in the United States, things start to get really dark really quickly:

  • More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US have experienced domestic violence
  • 74% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner
  • 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner
  • 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US exceed $5.8 billion per year:
    • $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services
    • Nearly $1.8 billion account for productivity losses

Domestic violence is ongoing, purposeful behavior that is aimed at dominating one’s partner, and often one’s children as well. It involves intentional control tactics that may be physical, sexual, economic, psychological, legal, institutional, or all of the above. These tactics can include unreasonable demands, stalking, coercion, threats, sexual abuse, economic control, extreme jealousy, and destroying the partner’s other relationships, among others.

Victims are often shamed and controlled by their abuser, making them feel as though they can’t leave or even that they deserve the abuse. Thinking that domestic violence is something that is deserved or could be caused by the victim’s actions can lead us to grossly underestimate the dangers they’re in. Victims need domestic violence services, safety planning, orders of protection, and most importantly, support. No victim should have to deal with their partner’s domestic abuse alone.

For more general information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s information page: Is This Abuse? In addition to 24/7 call services at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), The National Domestic Violence Hotline also has one-on-one online chat services. Break the Cycle provides more information about patterns of abuse and behaviors commonly experienced by youth in dating relationships. If you’re seeking help from these sites, remember that computer use can be monitored, and your browser history can be accessed even if you clear it. Always use a safe computer when accessing the internet.

Domestic violence is something we can work together to end. If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, please seek help. By bringing awareness to such heinous acts we can eradicate them completely.

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