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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month, we share community resources for survivors of domestic violence and their families.

Domestic violence has been a large health concern in our country, and the last year and a half of the pandemic has contributed to a rise in reports of domestic violence. The combination of imposed isolation, increased financial instability, and overall heightening of anxiety and fear, have led to this surge. This article from TIME highlights the ongoing pandemic of domestic violence ravaging our country and other countries around the world.

Domestic violence can be defined by a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one person to gain or maintain control over another.  Domestic violence may occur in various forms that include: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, stalking, cyber stalking, verbal threats, and more. You can review this guide to learn more about different forms of domestic violence. Pre-pandemic, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women, and one in four men have suffered some form of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner.

For both victims and those who know a family or friend who may be in a domestic violence situation, it can be hard to know what to do, when and where to help, or how to feel.  It can be frightening, frustrating, and emotionally draining.  Highlighted below is a list of resources we hope may be of service to help you or your loved ones:  

As always, feel free to reach out to us at the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for further support, or if you feel we can offer more resources. Have a safe and healthy October.  

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