October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
By Parlee Jones
Peace and Blessings! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Let’s just jump into an interesting fact and take it from there! “The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war. “ ~ Huff Post Women 10/8/15
How sad is that. Men are also victims of Domestic Violence. The stats say 1 in 10 men and 3 in 10 women are victims.
For the nine consecutive years, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has conducted an annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services on September 10, 2014 and releases their analysis of that data in the report: Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services. http://nnedv.org/projects/census.html
1,697 out of 1,916 (89%) of the identified DV programs in the US participated. 67,646 survivors were served, 36,608 DV survivors found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local DV programs. 31,038 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups. 20,845 hotline calls were answered.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline staff answered 1,283 calls averaging more than 15 hotline calls every minute. 10,871 requests for services were unmet of which 6,126 were for housing.
51 out of 51 (100%) of the identified DV programs in Massachusetts participated. 1,795 survivors were served, 855 (427 children and 428 adults) DV survivors found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local DV programs. 940 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups. 610 hotline calls were answered, averaging more than 25 hotline calls every hour. 398 requests for services were unmet of which 271 were for housing.
The reason needs were unmet were due to reduced / cut government and state funding, reduction in donations and cuts from private funding sources. Also, nationwide 1,392 staff positions were eliminated and in MA 34 staff positions were eliminated. Mostly direct service staff.
Massachusetts has 147 Domestic Violence Shelter beds. Central Mass has no more than 15.
I’m leaving you with stats this year.
If you know someone in need of services, please contact Daybreak at 508 755 9030 or SafeLink at 877 785 2020.
9 am to 11 am ~ Panel Session, Employers Addressing Domestic Violence at Worcester Public Library ~ Employers Against Domestic Violence ~ Free
4 to 6 pm The YWCA will be hosting a Community Training: DV 101 at the YWCA. Registration is required. 508 791 3191.
6 pm to 8 pm “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” Spoken Word and Lyrics in Honor and Remembrance of Survivors and Victims of Domestic Violence. Worcester Public Library.
Empty Place at the Table – Displayed at the Worcester Public Library from 10/26 – 10/30
Don’t hesitate to make that phone call if you feel or think that someone is being battered and abused. You could save a life!
Peace and Blessings!
ICT contributing writer Parlee Jones is a shelter advocate at Abby’s House in Worcester.