Since 1981, October has been commemorated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The observance serves to educate communities, individuals, couples and families about Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility and resources for addressing domestic abuse.
By and large, the general public is unaware of the effects domestic violence has on its victims, other family members and society as a whole. Therefore, attempts are being made to heighten society’s awareness of the many facets of this violent crime that plagues America today.
Organizations such as National Center for Victims of Crime, Love is Respect Website, and National Domestic Violence Hotline are educating the general public as well as potential victims of domestic abuse, about the elements of the crime of Domestic Violence, how to differentiate between this family crime and other crimes, and even how to tell whether any crime has actually been committed at all.
Please see the “How to Stop Domestic Abuse” infographic below, courtesy of CNAClassesFreeInfo.com.