Domestic violence is a prominent issue across the world. Americans have recognized this ever growing problem and need for awareness by using the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Being aware of the signs and signals as well as the statistics, may save someone’s life and may save a family from future grief. Continue reading to find out more about this cause and how you can help or be involved.

What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month for?

In general, this month is used to bring awareness to the problem that is domestic violence. It’s largely focused on educating citizens in general on what they can do to help those around them. 

This month doesn’t just focus on educating those who might not be aware of what domestic violence entails. It’s also used to hand out information on how domestic violence sufferers can seek help and assistance. Did you know that there are homes that abuse victims can go to that are hidden locations where they can be protected? Many aren’t aware of these places of support which is why this month exists. This type of information could save someone’s life or give them hope to make it through another day. 

How Can I Help?

If you are adamant about helping and spreading awareness about domestic violence, there are many ways you can be involved. 

Educate Yourself – One of the biggest ways you can help is to educate yourself on the subject. Learning statistics and basic information on the subject can help you reach others for the cause. Teaching yourself on what steps to take if you’re ever faced with domestic violence is also vital. Knowing these steps will also be useful if you ever come across a victim. Lastly, learn the signs and signals of a domestic violence victim or abuser. This will allow you to intervene in situations that the average person may be unaware of. Probably the most important information to be educated on is what steps to take if you suspect abuse and how to approach it. Remember, these situations can be touchy, making it a slippery slope when intervening. You could potentially cause more harm to the victim if you’re not careful, which is why it’s a must to be educated.

Educate Your Friends and Family – Bring up the topic with your children, friends, neighbors, whoever you can in an attempt to spread information. Making your children aware of the issue may help them understand their classmates and friends better. Bringing up the topic with your neighbor may result in uncovering abuse on your own block. Either way, if you learn then pass the information on, those people pass the information on, and so forth. It becomes a ripple effect and that’s the best way to eradicate a problem.

Have Information on Hand – Having pamphlets or information packets handy is always a good idea. For example, say you run across someone you think may be abused. Having a paper available with all the places and numbers they can get help may change their life. Say someone doesn’t have time to talk, but you would really like to get them some information on the topic. Passing along a brochure with basic statistics is a great way to have a conversation without actually having one. Just remember, your preparedness may save a life.