Schulz Stephenson Law Recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), and this year marks the 30th anniversary of DVAM. It’s during this time of year that we’re reminded of the need to take time and talk openly about the harsh reality of domestic violence.
The purpose of DVAM is to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate the brave and enduring individuals who have survived, and connect to work to end violence.
Domestic violence is not just physical abuse. It includes: physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse; and more people than you might think have experienced this in some way or another. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence from an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime? Some dangers that both men and women face alongside domestic violence are rape, stalking, and even homicide. These are all issues that contribute to the more than 20,000 phone calls to domestic violence hotlines on an average day.
Get involved this month in raising awareness against domestic violence. Here’s how you can help:
- Support our local Domestic Violence Shelter: http://www.carteretdomesticviolence.com/help
- Take a stand and spread the word: https://nomore.org/campaigns/dvam/
- Use your social media to honor 30 years of passionate hard work
- Donate your time and money to local and national organizations: Carteret County Domestic Violence Program; Coastal Women’s Shelter – New Bern, NC; Onslow County Women’s Center; National Network to End Domestic Violence; National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
-Learn more about Domestic Violence and the astonishing statistics: https://ncadv.org/statistics
Remember – you are not alone and you do not have to live like this. If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic violence, we encourage you to seek out help. Here are some helpful resources:
-Local hotline: 252.728.3788 / 252.393.6361
-National hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
If you need legal assistance, or help securing a domestic violence protection order, please contact Schulz Stephenson Law immediately. We’re here to help.