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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.
Also, every October, the nation observes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is a disease that affects both men and women and is among the most common cancers. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. Next year, new breast cancer diagnoses are expected to number more than 200,000 for women and more than 2,000 for men. Following is a list of helpful resources:
2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (ncadv.org)
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (nctsn.org)
A Comprehensive Guide to Domestic Violence Awareness Month (domesticshelters.org)
A very Somber but Happy Veran’s Day to All who are currently serving, have served, or sacrificed all to protect our country. Words come short in showing the true respect and appreciation for the sacrifices each of you have made. I leave you with this quote:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy