October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).  Also please remember that your computer activity can be monitored by others.

It’s October…. I love it because it’s the first full month of fall (officially).  But it’s important to remember that it’s also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  And I almost got through it without posting a single post about it.  That is kinda the main purpose of this blog – to raise awareness about domestic violence.

So if you’re reading this blog and specifically this post, I’m guessing (and hoping) you’re interested in learning more about Domestic Violence.  So where to start?  Well I’d say the first place to start is the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  They have a page that links to all the US states coalitions against domestic violence.  On the National Coalition Against DV website, they also offer a link to find Domestic Violence resources worldwide.  Accessing and utilizing these websites can serve multiple purposes.  These sites can educate you about domestic violence and inform you of local programs you can support.  You also can use them to get help for a friend or yourself.

Speaking of which, want to know how to help a friend?  This is a good place to start.  Or here.

Do you want to know more about warning signs?  What about the impact on children?

Use this website to educate yourself.  This is my first post about domestic violence on this blog in which I lay out the fundamentals of DV.  Keep reading my site, I post often about DV.  And sometimes I post about silly and/or happy stuff too.  Because that stuff matters – always but especially when you’re trying to do something about DV, whether you’re a concerned bystander or a survivor.  Take care of yourself.  Listen to your gut.  Step back when you feel overwhelmed, tired or irritable.  Surround yourself with positive people, as best you can.  What you can offer to a survivor or yourself (especially if you are the survivor) is immensely important and must be nourished.

Take good care.

~Izzy

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (Photo credit: heraldpost)

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