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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, YWCA of San Diego County and a consortium of domestic violence agencies and service providers commemorate national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Join us and help raise awareness of this pervasive issue that impacts 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.

Issue of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behavior used to maintain power in a relationship by one partner over the other. While each case is unique, abusers use a range of abusive behavior to control their partners, including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, and spiritual abuse. Isolation from friends and family, using children as bargaining tools, and exploiting a victim’s legal status as a means of control are common patterns. Victims often remain in abusive relationships due to a lack of financial resources, fear of increased levels of violence and retaliation, as well as cultural barriers and overwhelming feelings of shame, denial, and love.

Take a Stand & Get Involved

  • Wear purple — the color of domestic violence — throughout the month to raise awareness of this critical community issue. Snap a selfie and share it with friends on social media using #EndDVNow.
  • Post one of our social media graphics to become a champion for survivors of domestic violence and advocate for healthy communities. Take a stand using #EndDVNow and make sure to tag facebook.com/ywcasd or @ywcasandiego.
  • Whether you’re personally experiencing abuse or know someone who needs help, learn more about the warning signs of domestic violence and suggested action steps.
  • Talk to your children about the dynamics of abuse and the attributes of healthy relationships using our power and control wheel.
  • Make an online gift to support survivors and their families in our Becky’s House® domestic violence program. YWCA ensures that survivors can secure safety and access much needed resources, including housing and a variety of supportive services.

Week Without Violence

From October 19-23, YWCA USA and YWCA associations across the country promote a Week Without Violence to prompt action against all forms of violence. Ranging from engaging dialogue to public awareness activities, YWCAs have been at the forefront of this important conversation for 20 years.

Social Media Graphics

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 Fast Facts

  • Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in their lifetime — more than breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. Despite the misconception that only women experience domestic violence, 1 in 7 men are impacted as well.
  • 1 in 5 homicides in San Diego County were the result of domestic violence. 83% of all female homicide victims were murdered by a spouse, intimate partner, or family member.
  • Studies indicate that 63% of all homeless women have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. 90% have experienced physical or sexual abuse.
  • In the US, 46 women are shot to death every month by a current or former partner in domestic violence-related homicides.
  • Intimate partner homicides account for nearly half of all women killed each year in the US, more than half attributed to firearms.

Local Rallies

Attend a community event to honor the lives of domestic violence victims and help put a spotlight on the issue. 

North County Hope Rally
Saturday, October 17 |10AM – 1PM
Oceanside Civic Center
300 N Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054

City Heights Domestic Violence Rally
Friday, October 30 | 3PM – 5PM
4380 Landis Street
San Diego, CA 92105

Information & Resources

Power & Control Wheel
Becky’s House Domestic Violence Program
YWCA USA: Barriers to Safety for Women of Color
YWCA USA: Message from National CEO