Our October Monthly Focus is on Domestic Violence Awareness

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.


Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children's emotional well-being, and social and academic functioning.


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, child welfare workers, law enforcement professionals, educators and school staff, and policy makers.

Please click on the following links for more information and to access support resources.

Watch the film The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots, featuring Jackson Katz

Purple Thursday, October 21, 2021 Click here to find out what that means

Watch Netflix's 10 Episode Maid Which gets to the heart of Domestic Violence and Emotional Abuse

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Domestic Violence - Women of the ELCA

Los Angeles Domestic Violence Council

Domestic Violence Resources -- City of Los Angeles

Fatal Violence Against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Intimate Partner/Domestic Violence - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Hollyoaks UK TV Series Explores Domestic Violence