Domestic Violence Awareness Month, A Crisis Happens At Anytime

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domestic violence story oct 1 2013

Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved as a Day of Unity in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In October 1981, the first Domestic Violence Awareness was observed. The observance was designed to connect battered women, children and families with advocates and services to aid in puting an end to domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but a crisis happens in most cases every other minute.  What is domestic violence? A pattern of abusive behaviors used by one individual over the other to have power and control over them.  These behaviors leave the victim afraid and fearing for their life.  This power and control by the abuser happens in intimate and family relationships.

The YWCA of Richmond, VA

Since 1887 — that’s how long the YWCA of Richmond has been helping women and children in our community. We are a safe haven for those escaping from violence and provide a head start for children’s education. We recognize the profound impact of women in our community with our annual Outstanding Women Awards. Plus, we do it all with a mission of caring for those most in need and providing equal opportunities for women, children and families of all ages, races, and income levels.

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