Help us Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
The Salvation Army is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue, and encourage you to join our fight against domestic abuse.
It is estimated that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). Each year, 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner. Most of these cases are never reported to the police.
Domestic violence results in physical, emotional and psychological trauma that often has unforeseen cross-generational consequences: NCADV reports that young boys who witness domestic abuse are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults.
Highlighting the issue yesterday, The Huffington Post states, “Domestic violence victims are often silent; they are ashamed to tell family or friends about the abuse. Further, it is not easy for women to leave their home and potentially give up economic stability… If a woman does leave the relationship this is exactly when she is in the most danger for escalated violence from her partner.”
When a woman does leave an abusive relationship and needs protection, respite, and counseling, she can call The Salvation Army’s 24/7 domestic abuse hotline, stay at our emergency shelters, find temporary housing at our transitional living residences, undergo emotional and spiritual counseling, take advantage of educational opportunities and child care, and receive financial assistance. All of these services exist so that survivors can gain strength, self-sufficiency and spiritual direction.
The Salvation Army asks you to join us in our Fight against domestic abuse, and there are a few ways you can get involved:
- Learn: Read the stats and recognize the signs of someone trapped in an abusive relationship.
- Volunteer: Provide guidance and counseling by answering calls on one of The Salvation Army’s 24/7 domestic abuse hotlines or visit www.volunteermatch.org for a list of opportunities in your area. To learn about similar opportunities at The Salvation Army closest to you, enter your zip code at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
- Donate: Residents – women and children alike – of these shelters are often in need of toiletries and clothing. Click here for a list of commonly requested items and ways to donate.
- Share: …this post with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.
- Join us in prayer: That victims of domestic abuse might find protection, guidance, and the peace and comfort that only God can give.
If you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship, contact your local Salvation Army by entering your zip code at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
A list of more resources from the National Domestic Violence Hotline can be found by clicking here.