Don’t Live in Fear
October was declared National Domestic Awareness Month in 1989. This month, we acknowledge that domestic violence can and does occur. A person of any age, socio-economic status, rage, gender, religion, etc., can be affected. I personally was affected by this in my past and can relate to the fear that is caused to a victim of domestic violence. I eventually sought help, but it was not an easy journey. Physical and emotional abuse can be difficult for the victims to speak up about. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network suggests that more than 10 million people are abuse victims annually. This number is staggering, considering most of this abuse is inflicted by people that the victim knows, is related to, or potentially loves. This month, plan to have a conversation with your friends and family about this important issue. Recognizing and supporting someone in a domestic abuse situation may save a life. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, there is support available. Call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA